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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 24, 2008

Statement by the President on Iraqi Parliament Passing a Provincial Elections Law

     Fact sheet In Focus: Iraq

Today, Iraq's Parliament passed a Provincial Elections Law enabling Iraq to hold provincial elections by January 31, 2009. Elections in Iraq can now be held under a new system that will give Iraqis more say in choosing their elected representatives.

Nothing is more central to a functioning democracy than free and fair elections. Today's action demonstrates the ability of Iraq's leaders to work together for the good of the Iraqi people and represents further progress on political reconciliation. I congratulate the members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives for coming together to pass this significant legislation.

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