|Source: U.S. Embassy, Baghdad|
If the census were not conducted in Ninewa, the second largest governorate in the country, it would be a major setback. The last time Iraq held a census was in 1997, but it did not include the three provinces in Kurdistan that were not under the administration of Saddam Hussein’s government. They were included in the 1987 census. This year’s census has already been postponed twice before. It was originally planned for 2007, but was cancelled because of the lack of security. The Planning Ministry tried two years later, but political parties were afraid of political manipulation in the disputed territories in Ninewa, Tamim, and Diyala. It’s those same types of objections al-Hadbaa is currently voicing and may hold up this year’s attempt.
Karim, Karzan, “Nineveh governor says no census in his province,” AK News, 9/21/10
Khallat, Khudr, “Kurdish delegation go to Baghdad to discuss census,” AK News, 9/21/10