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Iraqi Leader Affirms Intention to Hold Election on Jan. 30

Under pressure from insurgents and rivals in his own government, Iraq’s interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, reaffirmed his commitment today to holding nationwide elections on Jan. 30. He spoke on a day that suicide bombers killed at least 17 Iraqis, most of them police officers, in three separate attacks.Mr. Allawi, at a news conference, tried to reassure Iraqis that the elections could still go forward despite an onslaught of insurgent violence aimed at crushing prospects for a legitimate democratic vote. The prime minister also sought to quash calls by members of his own government that the vote be delayed until the violence was brought under control. “The government is committed to holding the elections on schedule,” Mr. Allawi said. “We know some Iraqis fear voting, but we have to overcome those fears.”Full Story

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