Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hashemi vetoes election law

'One of Iraq's vice presidents vetoed the country's new election law today, throwing into fresh doubt the feasibility of holding crucial national elections in January and possibly disrupting the withdrawal next year of U.S. troops.

Vice President Tariq Hashimi, a Sunni, carried out his threat to veto the law because, he said, it does not provide for enough seats to represent Iraqi refugees who fled the violence of recent years and are living mostly in Syria and Jordan. A majority of the refugees are Sunnis.

Iraqi law gives the nation's two vice presidents as well as its president the power to veto legislation.'

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