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Iraq election law is passed

Iraq's parliament yesterday passed a long-delayed election law paving the way for a national vote in January after overcoming a potentially explosive row over the disputed city of Kirkuk.

A delay in passing the law because of disagreements on how to conduct the ballot in Kirkuk had thrown the January 16 election date into doubt, and US officials said the row could have had an impact on plans to draw down US troops next year.

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