Iraq Census Delayed For The Second Time Due To Area Disputes

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For the second time, Iraq‘s cabinet decided on Tuesday to postpone its first full nationwide census in more than 20 years, several international news sites reported. It was originally scheduled on October 24, but later moved to December 5. No new date has been set for the census, Planning Ministry official Mahdi al-Alaq said.

The census was postponed again because of a dispute over Arab, Kurd and Turkmen areas in some provinces, Mahmoud Othman told an international news agency. Some politicians rejected the mention of nationality in the census, Othman said.

“The reason behind the delays in holding the census is the deep mistrust among political groups regarding the disputed areas,” Othman was quoted saying.

The last Iraqi census was held during Saddam Hussein‘s regime in 1987 and counted the population to 16 million. International organizations estimated the population to be about 30 million today.

Iraqi officials will meet again on Thursday to try to settle the issue, reports said.

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