Iraqi officials continue to work towards resolving major impediments to elections that were expected to be held early next year. Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi recently vetoed an election law, an issue which must be resolved at least 60 days prior to the elections. Lawmakers agreed to an amendment Monday that leaders anticipate could face another veto from Sunni officials. The parliament had been at a standstill in its attempts to come to an agreement regarding this and other election-related issues.
The elections must be held by Jan. 31, according to the Iraqi constitution. Shiite leaders in Iraq believe Jan. 23 is the latest the vote could be held without disregarding the deadline.
The scaling back of American military operations in Iraq is largely dependent upon a successful election, which would greatly assist in the transition to Iraqi governmental security.
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