Iraq cabinet approves referendum on US deal

Iraq's cabinet has approved a bill paving the way for a referendum on a deal signed last year between Baghdad and Washington, a spokesman said.

Iraq cabinet approves referendum on US deal

Iraq's cabinet has approved a bill paving the way for a referendum on a deal signed last year between Baghdad and Washington, the government spokesman said in a statement on Monday.

The referendum is the next major milestone in the gradual U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, will last through 2012.

If Iraqis reject the agreement in the popular vote, the roughly 130,000 U.S. soldiers still in Iraq after the 2003 occupation will leave the country 2011.

"The cabinet has approved a draft law to hold a general referendum on the security pact between the republic of Iraq and the United States of America," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

The bill must now be ratified by parliament, which is due to convene after summer recess in September.

The referendum allows Iraqis to judge U.S. invasion to the deal after it came into effect in January.

The referendum was supposed to be held in July this year, but is now due to be held at the same time as parliamentary polls, currently scheduled for Jan. 16.

Reuters
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