Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Iraqi Elections
Despite political bickering that threatened to sidetrack the upcoming legislative elections in Iraq, lawmakers recently agreed to terms that set the stage for next year’s voting. Although Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi vetoed previous election laws, the parliament finally reached an agreement Sunday that should allow for voting to take place early next year.
Sunday was the last possible day for Iraqi lawmakers to reach such an agreement. Otherwise, they would have been forced to revert to procedures used in the 2005 election, a scenario many observers believe could be detrimental to ongoing political development as the country continues to rebuild.
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