Iraq to carry out crucial polls on March 6

21:06, December 08, 2009      

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Iraq will hold its parliamentary elections on March 6 next year as a wave of attacks hit Baghdad leaving more than 100 people killed and hundreds wounded, official television reported on Tuesday.

"The Iraqi Presidency Council assigned March 6 as the date for the parliamentary elections," the state-run channel of Iraqia said.

The presidency decision came two days after the Iraqi lawmakers unanimously agreed on controversial amendments on the electoral law that would govern the war-torn country's national elections.

Originally, the elections was slated for January 16, but months of debate among Iraqi politicians to pass the amendments needed to the law in an attempt to reform the elections process to make it more representative for Iraqis inside and outside the country.

The decision also came as Baghdad was under a new wave of violence that claimed the lives of more than 100 people and injured hundreds more.

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