Shiite Leader Opposes Delay in Iraq's Vote

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 27 – Iraq’s most powerful Shiite cleric is opposing a drive by prominent Sunni Arab and Kurdish political factions to delay elections scheduled for Jan. 30, an aide to the cleric and Shiite leaders said Saturday.

The American ambassador to Iraq, John D. Negroponte, also lent his forceful support to keeping the present election date. “National elections will be taking place on the 30th of January of next year,” he said on Saturday, while touring the devastated Sunni city of Falluja. Full Story

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