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Iraq PM warns of poll delay after election chiefs quit

Iraq's premier warned Wednesday that April legislative polls may be delayed as he pushed for a controversial election law to be amended after electoral chiefs suddenly quit complaining of political interference. The electoral officials are pressing for the same reform to the law ahead of the April 30 vote, amid doubts the polls can in any case be held countrywide as anti-government fighters still control a city on Baghdad's doorstep.

Iraq PM warns of poll delay after election chiefs quit

Iraq's premier warned Wednesday that April legislative polls may be delayed as he pushed for a controversial election law to be amended after electoral chiefs suddenly quit complaining of political interference. The electoral officials are pressing for the same reform to the law ahead of the scheduled April 30 vote, amid doubts the polls can in any case be held countrywide as anti-government fighters still control a town on Baghdad's doorstep.

Pressure on Iraq election law after poll chiefs quit

Election officials pushed Wednesday for reform of Iraq's election law after polling chiefs suddenly handed in their resignations complaining of parliamentary and judicial interference, throwing next month's vote into disarray. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned that failure to resolve the crisis could delay the general election and send Iraq into a "tunnel we might not be able to get out of".

Iraq election chiefs quit as attacks kill 37

The board of Iraq's electoral commission resigned en masse on Tuesday in protest at political and judicial "interference", throwing a general election due next month into disarray. The sudden decision comes with doubts already swirling over whether the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) could organise polling nationwide on April 30 with anti-government fighters in control of a city on Baghdad's doorstep.

Iraq election chiefs quit as attacks kill 35

The board of Iraq's electoral commission resigned en masse on Tuesday in protest at political and judicial "interference", throwing a general election due next month into disarray. The sudden decision comes with doubts already swirling over whether the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) could organise polling nationwide on April 30 with anti-government fighters in control of a city on Baghdad's doorstep.

Iraq election chiefs quit just weeks before polls

The board of Iraq's electoral commission resigned en masse on Tuesday in protest at political and judicial "interference", throwing a general election due next month into disarray. The sudden decision comes with doubts already swirling over whether the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) could organise polling nationwide on April 30 with anti-government fighters in control of a city on Baghdad's doorstep.

Iraq election chiefs quit just weeks before polls

The board of Iraq's electoral commission resigned en masse on Tuesday in protest at political and judicial "interference", throwing a general election due next month into disarray. The sudden decision comes with doubts already swirling over whether the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) could organise polling nationwide on April 30 with anti-government fighters in control of a city on Baghdad's doorstep.

Iraqi journalist killed by Kurdish officer at Baghdad checkpoint

By Suadad al-Salhy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi journalist was shot dead by a Kurdish officer at a checkpoint in Baghdad on Saturday as he went to work, provoking protests by other journalists and a promise by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to arrest the perpetrator. Mohammed Badawi, the Baghdad bureau chief of Radio Free Iraq was on his way to the office near the Iraqi presidential compound in the center of the capital when the killing took place.

Police officer killed in rare south Iraq attack

A police officer was killed in a relatively rare attack in the Iraqi port city of Basra Saturday, while security forces reopened a key highway after retaking a village from militants. The latest bloodshed came a day after attacks across the country killed 33 people, with bombings and shootings largely targeting Sunni Arab-majority areas of northern and western Iraq, just weeks ahead of national parliamentary elections.

Gunmen ram explosives-laden tanker into Iraq police HQ

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Scores of gunmen took over a federal police headquarters in northern Iraq on Friday before driving a tanker laden with explosives into the building, killing many, a government official said. The battalion commander and his assistant were among the dead but the total number of casualties was still impossible to ascertain because victims remained trapped beneath the building in the village of Injana, the official said.
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