Iraq's general election planned for January faced another obstacle on Wednesday after Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi vetoed the polling law. "On November 15, I sent a letter to parliament asking for the law to be amended. Parliament said I could veto the contested first article (of the law), which is what I have done today," Hashemi said, according to AFP. The VP wants more seats to be allocated for Iraqis living abroad
Parliament must now reopen debate on the proposed law.
"The modification aims to make the representation of Iraqis abroad fairer," noted Hashemi. "It's not only a matter of those displaced to neighbouring countries but of all Iraqis of all confessions and religions who live abroad."
Meanwhile, according to the AP, Qassim al-Aboudi, a member of the electoral commission, told reporters the commission had suspended all of its activities tied to the vote's preparations. "The situation is very difficult, and it it clear now that this will affect the commission's procedures and for sure will push the elections back," al-Aboudi said.