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July 20, 2008

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If the sticking point is the Kurdish objection to the special quota arrangements proposed for Tamim province, it is hard to see this being resolved.

In the Dec 05 elections for the COR, in that province, the Kurds won 54% of the vote (5 seats), the (Sunni) Arab parties, 25% (3 seats) and the Turkomen 11% (1) seat. About 11% of the vote was spread around smaller parties, none of whom won enough votes to get a seat.

The arbitrary quota system being proposed for the provincial elections in Tamim is one third/one third/one third, with 10 seats on the Council for Kurds, 10 for the Turkomens and 10 for the Kurds.

From the Kurdish perspective why would they or should they accept this arrangement which would be unique to that province? On the other hand it is clear why the quota system is being proposed by the Arabs and Turkomen given their minority status in Tamim.

motown67

At the end of June the head of the Electoral Commission said he thought the elections would be delayed until Dec. There's others that think it won't happen until 2009. On Kirkuk, the United Iraqi Alliance has suggested that voting be postponned there while the rest of the bill is passed. The Kurds would love that because it allows them to consolidate their power more. In the end, there will probably be more groups pushing for elections sooner rather than later, so that might be what happens in the end.

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If the sticking point is the Kurdish objection to the special quota arrangements proposed for Tamim province, it is hard to see this being resolved.

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