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Edition: Thu, December 15, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

The vast majority of Iraqis have rejected [the terrorists] at each opportunity, as evidenced by their votes in the last election, in a number of public opinion polls, and by lining up in the tens of thousands to defend their country and participate in the Iraqi security forces and in the constitutional drafting process.
(Transcript)

Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

TODAY'S FOCUS

Elections in Iraq

Transition to Iraqi Self Government Milestones:

- June 28, 2004- Transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi interim government .

- January 30, 2005- Iraqis hold free and fair elections to choose a transitional government.

- October 15, 2005- Iraqis adopt a democratic constitution in a national referendum.

- December 15, 2005- Iraqis will choose a government under their new democratic constitution.

On December 15, 2005, the Iraqi people will vote on their new, permanent, Council of Representatives. Here are some noteworthy facts:

- The Council of Representatives will have 275 members.

- 230 seats will be allocated according to the population of each of Iraq's 18 provinces.

- 40 seats will be allocated on a national basis. Most of these seats will be distributed among parties that fare well in the national vote, but do not win seats in any province.

- More than 300 political entities (parties, coalitions and individual candidates) are competing for seats.

For more information on the elections in Iraq on December 15, 2005, go to www.usifo.state.gov

Sources:
U.S. Department of Defense Office of Public Affairs-December 13, 2005 - Elections in Iraq

White House Democracy in Iraq fact sheet

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