9 November 2009

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Hails Agreement on Iraq Electoral Law, Calls for Statesmanship


The following statement was issued yesterday by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached today in the Council of Representatives on amendments to the electoral law in Iraq.  This decision now paves the way for preparations for national elections to be held in January.

These elections will be a crucial opportunity to advance national reconciliation and contribute to Iraq’s political progress.  The Secretary-General appeals to all political blocs and their leaders to demonstrate true statesmanship during the election campaign and participate in a spirit of national unity.

The Secretary-General reaffirms the United Nations commitment to support and assist the Independent High Electoral Commission during the electoral process, and encourages the Iraqi people and all political parties to participate in a process that will shape their country’s future.

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