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I haven't read much into this election and what it means for us as Assyrians. If it is provincial, then we would only be concenred with the northern provinces (Nohadra, Arbil, Nineveh and maybe Kerkuk)

Anyone knows anything about this? We have to get ready from now and make sure we do better than last election in January 2005.


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BAGHDAD - Iraq's presidential council withdrew its objection to a provincial elections law on Wednesday, giving a major boost to U.S.-backed efforts to promote national reconciliation on the fifth anniversary of the war.

 
The move came two days after Vice President **** Cheney visited Baghdad to press Iraqi leaders to overcome their differences and take advantage of a lull in violence to make political progress.

Many Sunnis boycotted the last nationwide elections, in January 2005, for the 275-member parliament and for local officials. The vote ushered in representational government, but it also gave majority Shiites and minority Kurds the bulk of power.

The U.S. hopes new elections, to be held Oct. 1 according to the draft measure, would give the Sunnis more political power and thereby weaken the insurgency.

The three-member presidential council, which must sign off on legislation passed by parliament, had rejected the measure on Feb. 27.

The main sticking point focused on whether local officials or the central government currently led by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will have the right to ask the parliament to fire provincial governors.

Shiite Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi had objected to a provision that gave the power to the prime minister.

Abdul-Mahdi is a senior official in the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, the country's largest Shiite party. The party wields tremendous regional power and the law's rejection had drawn criticism that Abdul-Mahdi was putting his party's interests above the nation's.

The presidential council, which also includes President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, and Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, said in a statement that it has withdrawn its objection and the law will be sent to the Justice Ministry to be published in the official gazette.



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