Iraq delays nationwide census yet again

November 30, 2010 15:34


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BAGHDAD — Iraq's government has again pushed back a nationwide census that has been stalled in a years long dispute over how to count the ethnic breakdown between Arabs and Kurds in the nation's north.

The census is to be Iraq's first nationwide count in more than two decades.Planning Ministry official Mahdi al-Alaq said on Tuesday no new date has been set for the population count that was supposed to take place Dec. 5.

Political leaders are unable to resolve a disagreement over whether Iraq's central government or the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region should carry out the census in disputed lands that are ethnically mixed.

Officials will meet again on Thursday to try to settle the matter.

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