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  • Iraq Elections May Be Over 15 Months Away

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer says it could take more than 15 months to hold elections in Iraq - a much longer timeframe than the country's Shiite Muslim clergy and some political leaders seem prepared to accept.

    Bremer told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television station that it could take "a year or 15 months and may take longer" to arrange an election. The remarks were made Friday and broadcast Saturday.

    In his remarks, made in English and translated by the station, Bremer cited the absence of electoral laws and voter rolls as the main obstacles to a speedy vote.

    Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, demanded elections to choose a legislature before the planned June 30 transfer of power from the U.S.-led coalition to the Iraqis.


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