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Iraqi officials call for delay of January election
Iraqi officials call for delay of January election

[JURIST] Senior officials from Iraq's political parties have called for a two or three month delay of the country's planned January election, citing ongoing violence. During a one-day summit in Northern Iraq Thursday, Ibrahim al-Janabi, aide to Iraq interim prime minister Iyad Allawi, said it is not likely the security and technical issues surrounding the election can be solved quickly. It is not clear, however, who has legal authority to order a postponement given that the interim constitution says that it must be held by January 31. Two US State Department officials contacted did not have knowledge of the proposed delay. The Boston Globe has more.