(CBS/AP) Seventeen Iraqi political parties representing Sunni Arabs, Kurds, Christians and secular groups demanded postponing the election for at least six months until the government is capable of securing polling places. The balloting is now scheduled for Jan. 30.
The New York Times reported that the group included parties led by Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, and Sunni elder statesman Adnan Pachachi. Both men are backers of U.S. policy in Iraq. The two main Kurdish parties also supported a postponement. The Kurds have also been strong U.S. supporters.