Iraqi Elections: Will They Happen?
A new Iraqi election law has been vetoed by Vice-President Tariq Hashimi. Mr. Hashimi vetoed the bill because he felt it did not adequately represent Iraqi expatriates and refugees, which are mostly Sunni Muslims. Mr. Hashimi would like to see more seats allocated to those who fled the country. Unfortunately, Mr. Hashimi’s veto poses a threat to the impeding national elections scheduled to be held next January.
If elections are not held, the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq could be delayed. At present, the US is slated to initiate a major withdrawal of troops in 2010. US military commanders, though, are still confident that the withdrawal will occur on schedule.