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http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,845213,00.html
elections will be held in Iraq on January 31, 2005
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,845213,00.html
"Despite calls for a six-month delay from Iraqi political parties involved in the current interim government, both President Bush and interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi insist the election will proceed on schedule."
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,845213,00.html
"The case for postponement is based on the perilous security situation, which has shown no sign of abating despite the U.S. victory in recapturing Fallujah, and also on the likelihood that more Sunni Arab Iraqis would heed calls to boycott the election than would turn out to vote."
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,845213,00.html
"Instead, the U.S. and its allies are looking to an "if you build it, they will come" logic, relying on the high stakes — seats at the table shaping a new Iraqi constitution"
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there are many difficulties in having this election in 2 full months. Daily car bombs, mortars, rockets and other implements of destruction are causing severe problems for this process.
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,845213,00.html
"Electoral preparations have been stymied by the ongoing violence in Sunni areas, and the performance of the newly minted Iraqi security forces, which would be required to guard polling stations, has fallen far short of the expectations of U.S. commanders."
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,845213,00.html
"The vote may well go ahead on January 31, but it's unlikely settle the conflicts that have roiled post-Saddam Iraq. Whether or not the poll proceeds, however, its date may usher in a new chapter of the post-Saddam power struggle whose script and cast of characters have yet to be written. "
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BAGHDAD - Just months after falling out with the United States and being written off by his rivals as politically washed up, Ahmad Chalabi is back in from the cold.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6711835/
The leader of the Iraqi National Congress, which grouped Saddam Hussein's enemies in exile, has emerged as a power broker in the main election list for the country's Shi'ite majority, which could dominate the Jan. 30 ballot.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6711835/
Chalabi used his connections with influential Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to help draw up a mostly Shi'ite list backed by the Iranian-born scholar, people familiar with the list said.
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Under the postwar election system, Iraq will be treated as a single electoral district. The electorate will vote for lists of candidates.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6711835/
The Shi'ite list -- called the United Iraqi Alliance -- includes independents who will check the influence of Islamist parties, such as Dawa and the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), which was founded in Iran in 1982.