Iraqi president rejects provincial elections law

The Iraqi president has denounced a draft law that would pave the way for US-backed provincial elections. President Jalal Talabani says he's "confident that the presidential council won't approve it." Talabani, who is a Kurd, said in a statement Wednesday that he cannot agree to a law that was approved by only 127 lawmakers and wants the measure to be reconsidered. Iraq's parliament approved the plan on Tuesday despite a Kurdish walkout.