Central Valley Assyrians Interested in Iraqi Election Outcome
The ballots are still being tabulated in Iraq from the weekend election. As Bob Hensley reports, thousands of Iraqi-Americans of Assyrian decent from the Central Valley have an interest in the outcome.
Monday, January 31, 2005
There are some ten thousand Assyrians living in the Central Valley. Many fled their homeland because they were persecuted by Saddam Hussein. Sargon Dadesho is a long-time exile living in Ceres. Dadesho says he’s heard voter turnout in Iraq and abroad is likely to place more Assyrians in the National Assembly than previously anticipated. DADHESO :09—We have only one Assyrian Christian Party, called the Assyrian National Assembly and we’re trying to get at least five or six members in the Parliament. The Assyrian National Assembly represents about one and a half million members of the ethnic group in Iraq, which is just a small fraction of the country’s 25 million people. Central Valley Assyrians say representation in the Iraqi Parliament is important because it could make life better for family members who still live in Iraq. Officials say it could be as long as a week and a half before the votes are counted. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.