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Amid Tensions, Iraqi Leader Affirms Jan. 30 Vote Plan

Resisting pressure from insurgents and rivals in his own government, Prime Minister Ayad Allawi of Iraq on Wednesday reaffirmed his commitment to holding nationwide elections here on Jan. 30, while President Bush tried to quash any momentum toward delaying the election by calling Iraq’s interim president.The Iraqi president, Ghazi al-Yawar, had expressed his own misgivings about the elections on Tuesday, characterizing the decision to hold them on time as a “tough call.” According to White House aides, the president pressed his point that the voting has to go ahead as scheduled, despite an onslaught of insurgent attacks aimed at derailing the election, according to White House aides.Full Story

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