More talks possible on stalled elections: Iraq VP

Last Updated: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 20:01

Baghdad: The Iraqi Vice President says there could be more talks about resolving the impasse over Parliament Elections, but that he stands by his demand to give minority Sunnis a greater voice in the balloting.

Chances appear to be dimming for Iraq to hold the elections next month as scheduled.

The main holdup is Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi`s veto of the proposed election law, which he says doesn`t give enough seats for Iraqis living abroad, most of whom are fellow Sunnis.

Some officials have proposed pushing the vote to at least the end of February. But a long delay could complicate the withdrawal timetable for US forces.

Al-Hashemi said on Thursday he is ready for more dialogue but that he will not lift his veto unless his demands are met.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 20:01

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