Political rift threatens Iraqi elections

Plans to hold parliamentary and presidential polls in Iraq early next year suffered a series of setbacks last week, as political differences over the drafting of electoral laws threaten to drive a wedge between Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish political ri

21st November, 2009

Plans to hold parliamentary and presidential polls in Iraq early next year suffered a series of setbacks last week, as political differences over the drafting of electoral laws threaten to drive a wedge between Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish political rivals.

Last Wednesday, Iraq’s deputy president, Tareq al-Hashemi, vetoed a crucial election law that would have increased the number of seats on the Council of Representatives for Iraqis forced abroad, from eight to 15....

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