Regional Voting in Doubt in Iraqi Impasse

Parliament adjourns before compromise on provincial law reached
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2008 3:24 PM CDT
People pass by election posters in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 24, 2008. Provincial elections are in jeopardy after Parliament failed to pass a critical election law.   (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
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(Newser) – Iraq’s parliament failed to pass a law on provincial elections before its summer recess, jeopardizing the possibility of elections later this year, the New York Times reports. A consensus was seen as necessary for political unity among Iraq’s fractious political blocs, with President Bush even contacting legislators to push for a deal; none was reached, and each side is pointing fingers at the others.