Iraq’s 2010 National Elections in Trouble
One of Iraq’s Vice Presidents, Tariq Hashimi, vetoes a recently approved elections law putting a possible problem for the national elections to push through early next year. This will also put on hold the plans of the United States to withdraw its troops from the Middle East country.
Under Iraqi law, the president and its two vice presidents are entitled with the power to veto legislation. Under the Iraqi constitution, national elections should be conducted by the end of January.
Hashimi, a Sunni, made the move to demand that additional seats be provided to represent Iraqi refugees who had fled the country. The election law states that a given number of seats must be given to the minority, internally displaced nationals and refugees in other countries.
The election law was sent back to parliament. The parliament has been delayed in producing the law and is already in doubt on whether they can revise it in time.
The US under agreement with Baghdad needs to withdraw its troops by the end of 2011. US President Barack Obama wants the troops out by August. The withdrawal can only start after a national election occurs.