By ERICA GOODE and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.The rest of this story can be found right here.
Published: March 20, 2008
BAGHDAD — A member of Iraq’s Presidency Council, whose objections had blocked a law calling for provincial elections by October, withdrew his objections on Wednesday in a sudden turnaround that raised hopes for long-sought political progress.
The Presidency Council, in a statement, said the law would now go into effect.
The legislation, passed with great fanfare in early February, was rejected by the council on Feb. 27 and sent back to Parliament after Vice President Adel Abdul Mehdi said it was unconstitutional. President Jalal Talabani and Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi also sit on the three-member council.
Mr. Mehdi’s reversal came two days after he met with Vice President Dick Cheney, who was in Iraq. In the view of American officials, the law, which was intended in part to correct electoral distortions that had given Kurds and Shiites disproportionate power in some regions dominated by Sunni Arabs, could in theory help defuse the power of the Sunni insurgency. Local council members were chosen in elections largely boycotted by Sunni Arabs.
It seems that Vice President Cheney might have used a little pressure, if so, IT'S ABOUT TIME!!