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Iraq parliamentary election date set

A preliminary date of Jan. 30 has been set for the third parliamentary elections in Iraq since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, the office of the first deputy parliamentary speaker says.

May 19, 2009|Reuters

BAGHDAD — Iraq on Monday set a provisional date of Jan. 30 for parliamentary elections, the third since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein six years ago.

The date was proposed by Iraq's federal court, which deals with government disputes, the office of Iraq's first deputy parliamentary speaker said.

An official at Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission said parliament would need to approve legislation enabling the elections, and a budget, before the balloting could take place.

"We are of course ready. There is enough time," Hamdiya Husseini said.

The elections had originally been scheduled for December of this year.

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