A Sunni Arab coalition
submitted its list of candidates for the December election, joining other political factions in the race and signaling greater Sunni participation in a process Washington hoped would help speed the day when US soldiers would go home.
At least 16 coalitions as well as an undetermined number of parties and independents met the Friday deadline of filing for the Dec. 15 election, when voters will select a 275-member parliament to serve for four years.
It will be the first full-term parliament in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's
regime collapsed after the US-led invasion of 2003.