11/24/2004

Yahoo! News - Top Iraq Sunni Party Wants Jan. Election Postponed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq (news - web sites)'s main Sunni Muslim party said on Wednesday it wanted a role in the political process but called for January elections to be postponed amid violence in the Sunni heartlands north and west of Baghdad.

The Iraqi Islamic Party and seven smaller groups, mainly representing Sunni Arabs, called for voting to be put off until differences with Shi'ites and Kurds, who stand to gain most from the poll, are patched up and emergency laws are lifted.

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