Chaos looms over elections

Protests on the streets of Baghdad as election campaigning delayed and courts rush through appeals of banned candidates

Chaos is threatening to engulf the Iraqi elections, amid protests from politicians of all stripes, street demonstrations, cancelled parliamentary debates and courtroom appeals.Demonstrations against what Shia groups call a Baathist resurgence were held yesterday in Baghdad and Basra, as debate raged over whether candidates accused of links Saddam Hussein's regime would stand in the March 7 poll.This week, campaigning was scheduled to begin, but the start of canvassing has been pushed bac...

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