Statement by the Press Secretary/ Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Iraq's Approval of Provincial Elections Law

September 25, 2008

  1. Japan welcomes the approval of the awaited Provincial Elections Law by the Iraqi National Assembly on September 24, 2008.
  2. Japan hopes that provincial elections will be implemented smoothly in Iraq to further consolidate democracy and promote national reconciliation.
  3. Japan has been supporting Iraq's efforts to consolidate democracy by assisting the Iraqi Independent Electoral Commission and by hosting seminars on National Reconciliation of Iraq. Japan remains committed to extending its cooperation proactively for the progress of the political process of Iraq.

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