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mikeC
12-07-2009, 10:08 AM
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq on Monday seemed likely to pick February 27 for its next election after overcoming political disagreements that had threatened to push the polls back further and derail U.S. plans to end combat operations in 2010.
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The election date is later than a deadline mandated by the constitution.
WHAT WAS THE DEADLINE?
Parliament's mandate expires on March 15, and therefore also that of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Under the constitution, new elections should be held at least 45 days before, so at the end of January.
An election in late January was always problematic due to an important Shi'ite Muslim religious festival that runs until mid-February.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5B62BR20091207