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Iraqi citizens residing in Iran to vote for Iraq's national assembly

Tehran, Dec 22, IRNA -- Islamic Republic of Iran signed an agreement with International Organization for Migration (IOM) based on which Iraqi citizens residing in Iran would take part in their country's nationwide elections, scheduled for January 30th.

According to a report faxed to IRNA by Information and Press Bureau of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs wednesday, the memorandum of understanding on the issues was signed between the special envoy of Iran's foreign minister Ali-Asghar Khaji and IMO representative Shahid al-Haqq in Iran on Tuesday.

The MOU defines the terms and conditions of Iran's cooperation with the IMO in organizing for the Iraqi nationals' voting in Iran.

Based on an article in the MOU, the Iraqis living in Iran would be able to cast their votes from January 28th to January 30th in six major Iranian cities, namely Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, and Ahvaz.

The 275-member parliament of Iraq to be elected on January 30 will write the country's permanent constitution, which will go before a national referendum next fall.

Eleven alliances, each comprised of a number of political parties, groups and movements have so far presented their lists for the purpose, a number of which have already been approved by Iraq's Independent Elections Council.

One of the strongest lists among them is that of the Unified Iraqi Alliance groups' heavyweight parties such as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and Dawa, along with Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress.

The list was formed with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani's blessing.

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