Bremer: No elections in Iraq for at least one year
The top U.S. official in Iraq Paul Bremer said it would be impossible to hold elections in the country for a year to 15 months for "technical reasons," an Arabic television channel said on Saturday.
"These technical problems will take time to fix -- we estimate somewhere between a year to 15 months...There are real important technical problems why elections are not possible," Bremer said in an interview broadcast on Dubai-based Al Arabiya.
"Iraq has no election law, it has no national commission to even establish a national law governing political parties, it has no voters' lists, it has not had a credible, reliable census for almost 20 years, there are no constituent boundaries to decide where elections would take place," Bremer conveyed in an interview cited by Reuters.
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