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Kurds snub parliament vote on Iraqi election law

BAGHDAD (AP) - An Iraqi Kurdish lawmaker says his fellow Kurdish legislators are boycotting a parliament session on a crucial election law needed for the upcoming January balloting.

The election law has been held up over a key issue - whether to use voter lists favoring Kurds or those favoring Arabs in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Both groups seek to control Kirkuk.

The boycott is complicating the country's political deadlock.

Kurdish lawmaker Khalid Shwani blamed Arab lawmakers for the impasse, saying they're creating obstacles.

The Kurdish boycott leaves parliament without enough for a quorum vote on Thursday. It will reconvene on Saturday.

U.S. and U.N. officials worry that if the new law is not passed in time, the elections could be delayed.


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