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Iraq closes borders to non-Iraqi Arabs in run-up to Dec. 15 elections

[JURIST] Iraqi officials announced on Friday that non-Iraqi Arabs will not be allowed to enter the country as a security measure leading up to the December 15 elections [JURIST news archive]. No end date for the prohibition was set. The ban applies even to those holding valid entry visas [Reuters report]. Both Iraqi and US officials anticipate increased violence during the elections [BBC News report]; a three-day border closure and a curfew was in place during the October constitutional referendum. Also in preparation for the election, the Supreme National Commission for de-Baathification has recommended that 86 candidates be prevented from running in the election [AP report] because of their connection to Saddam Hussein's ruling party. A decision on the recommendation is expected in a few days. AP has more.

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