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Iraqi officials, electoral commission split on vote postponement

[JURIST] Iraqi officials and members Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission appear to be in growing disagreement over the advisability of holding elections in the country as scheduled on January 30. On Monday, Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan suggested in Cairo that a postponement might allow Sunni parties who have withdrawn to participate in the process in a better security environment. Other officials later echoed his views, also emphasizing the importance of better security for Sunni voters. Members of the country's electoral commission, however, say they reamin committed to the January 30 date despite growing violence, and senior American officials Tuesday supported that commitment even as the district governor of Baghdad was assassinated in a automobile ambush. AP has more. BBC News has background on the planned January 30 poll; the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has more.

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