Parliament session on election law adjourned as dispute continues over Kirkuk
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    BAGHDAD, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi parliament adjourned its Tuesday emergency session until Wednesday as political blocs failed to reach an agreement over a provincial election bill.

    "The parliament session to approve the provincial election law has been delayed until tomorrow," first deputy speaker Khalid al-Attiyah told a news conference in Baghdad.

    Attiyah said the parliamentary political blocs could not reach an agreement on the controversial article of the provincial election bill that has relations with the election in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

    The Iraqi parliament emergency session has been adjourned for the second time after lawmakers failed to hold their meeting on Sunday due to differences over elections in Kirkuk.

    Iraqi politicians have been holding intensive meetings recently in hopes of narrowing differences over the provincial election bill before Tuesday's parliament session. But the postponement signaled no sign of compromise.

    On July 22, the Iraqi parliament approved the law while Kurds walked out protesting a secret vote exclusively held over an article dealing with the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

    Two days later, the Iraqi presidency council rejected in a statement the bill after a meeting held between Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi.

    According to Iraq's constitution, the draft law should be delivered to the presidency council for an unanimous approval. The council consists of President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, a Sunni Arab and Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi, a Shiite.

    On July 31, the parliament adjourned for a one-month summer recess, but agreed to hold a special session during the parliament break to resolve the impasse of the provincial election bill by approving a new one or a modified one.

    Electoral officials have said failure to pass the bill could delay the nationwide vote until next year.

    The dispute among Iraq's Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen about the control of the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk has been the major stumbling block to the passage of the legislation, which should have been completed by June. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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