Sunni Group Is to Urge an Election Boycott Over Attack on Falluja

The United Nations has not sent enough election workers to help monitor pivotal elections scheduled for January, Iraq’s foreign minister said here on Wednesday. “We feel very disappointed that the participation of the U.N. employees is not up to the required level and there is a limited number of officials, and we are at the end of October,” said the foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari. Although Iraqi leaders and the United States are pushing for elections for a national assembly to be held as planned, signs of open campaigning are few, with preparations for the vote clouded by continuing violence in parts of Iraq and complicated by the threat of boycott. Full Story

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