Middle East

November 8, 2009

Iraqis set elections for Jan. 23 after weeks of rancor

After nearly a dozen delays and a final, rowdy session, Iraq's parliament on Sunday passed an election law setting up national elections for January and averting for now a political crisis that threatened to unravel the country's slow progress toward stability. Approval of the law eases a growing source of concern for the Obama administration — whether conditions in Iraq will allow a faster withdrawal as the U.S. increases its troop presence in Afghanistan.

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