Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding out the possibility that Iraq's national election could be delayed beyond January because of a dispute over the allocation of seats in parliament.
Clinton told reporters at the State Department Monday that U.S. officials are involved in trying to help Iraqi politicians sort out their differences over an elections law that must pass before the vote can be held.
The election is supposed to be conducted in January. Clinton mentioned no specific dates but said the election "might slip" as a result of the continuing dispute over the elections law. She expressed confidence that the voting eventually will be held.