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    MOST IRAQIS BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE SHOULD ELECT HEAD OF STATE

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    BAGHDAD, January 21 (RIA Novosti correspondent Pavel Davydov) - According to the survey conducted by the Iraqi Institute of Social Research, 88% of Iraqi people believe that the Head of the State should be elected by Iraqi citizens, the Iraqi newspaper Assabah reported on Wednesday.

    The survey was conducted in five Iraqi cities - Baghdad, Basra, Ad-Divaniya, Hilla and Kirkuk.

    The survey showed that over 90% of the population believes that the power in the hands of Iraqis is the main condition for the stabilization of the situation in the country. According to 80% of respondents, the restoration of the Iraqi Army and police would assist the improvement of the situation in the sphere of the security provision.

    At the same time 75% of the respondents believe that the withdrawal of the occupation forces would only worsen the situation in the sphere of security in Iraq. More or less the same percentage of the respondents believes that the coalition forces should be withdrawn from the country after the permanent Iraqi government is formed in 2005.

    Approximately 85% of the respondents are confident that the new Iraqi constitution should be based on the Shariat code. However, approximately 50% of the respondents doesn't want religious activists to go into politics.

    As for the establishment of democracy in Iraq, the opinions were divided half by half - 47% of the respondents believe that the Western type democracy is unacceptable for Iraq and 45% believe it's possible.

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