Iraq Passes Election Law, But Skirts Key Issues

No deal on control over northern oil hub, representation of minority groups
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2008 1:29 PM CDT
A man passes by election posters in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 24, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Iraqi parliament today passed a long-delayed law establishing provincial elections, a step the government hopes will protect recent security gains by opening the political process. The first elections are expected in January, the New York Times reports, but questions remain about how to ensure representation for Iraq’s religious minorities, and the control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk.