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Key Cleric Accepts U.N. View of Iraq Vote

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Key Cleric Accepts U.N. View of Iraq Vote

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Key Cleric Accepts U.N. View of Iraq Vote

Key Cleric Accepts U.N. View of Iraq Vote

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U.N. envoys say it's not possible to hold open elections in Iraq before June 30, the date U.S. authorities plan to hand over power to an interim Iraqi government. Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, a Shia Muslim cleric at the heart of the debate, said he accepts the U.N. determination but urges elections as soon as possible. Hear NPR's Robert Siegel and NPR's Deborah Amos.

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