Iraqi parliament to vote on disputed election law 2009-11-05 19:49:31   Print

    BAGHDAD, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi parliament postponed the voting on the controversial elections law to Saturday, the Iraqi official television reported on Thursday.

    "The Council of Representatives postponed the voting on the elections law to Saturday after the lawmakers agreed on a proposal submitted by the parliament's legal committee," the state-run channel of Iraqia said.

    The Iraqi lawmakers have been struggling over a compromise on the crucial law which was stumbled by the stubborn stances of the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkmans over the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

    On Wednesday, the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) warned that Thursday was the last day for the lawmakers to agree on an election law, otherwise the country's national elections will have to be delayed.

    Qassim al-Abboudi, head of the commission's legal office said that any further delay would hamper the preparations for the national elections.

    IHEC has no immediate comment on the latest postponement of voting on the elections law.

    Arabs and Turkmen favor a plan that the electoral law should use the 2004 voter registry as they accuse the Kurds of carrying out demographic change in Kirkuk after 2003, while the Kurds refuse the plan accusing Saddam Hussein's regime of displacing thousands of Kurds who were replaced with Arabs to make Kirkuk a predominantly Arab province.

    Iraqi and U.S. authorities fear that the deadlock over Kirkuk is likely to delay the national elections and hamper the political process in the war-torn country.

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Editor: Xiong Tong
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