Iraqi Lawmakers Fail to Resolve Election Law Deadlock
22 November 2009
Iraq's parliament has again failed to resolve a deadlock on a key law that is required before general elections can be held in January.
Lawmakers continued negotiations Sunday but failed to make breakthroughs. Parliament's Deputy Speaker Khalid al-Attiya said lawmakers will revisit the issue on Monday.
Last week, Sunni Arab Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi vetoed the law that lawmakers had drafted and sent it back to parliament.
The vice president wants more representation for Iraqis living abroad, many of whom are Sunni Arabs. After the veto, Iraq's electoral commission halted preparations for the vote.
Members of Iraq's electoral commission say the vote will likely be delayed. But the nation's constitution calls for the elections to be held by January 31.
Parliament has the option of amending the law to address Hashimi's concerns or sending it back to the three-member presidency council, where it may be vetoed again.
Iraqis will be casting ballots to fill 323 parliamentary seats. That number is up from 275 in the current parliament, based on a formula that calls for one representative for every 100,000 Iraqis.
Some of this information is provided by Reuters and AFP.
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