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By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2014 (El Cajon) – Iraq will hold elections for parliamentary offices including Prime Minister on April 30.  All Iraqi-born people living in the U.S. are eligible to vote, the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce announced today.  Locally, eligible voters can cast their ballots on April 27-28 at the Crystal Ballroom, 414 North Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon from 12-2 p.m.

“This is arguably the biggest election since the fall of Saddam Hussein due to the unique circumstance of post-troop withdraw and immense violence,” said Ben Kalasho, president of the Chamber.

Leading candidates for Prime Minister include incumbent Nouri Al-Maliki, Dr. Ayad Allawi, and a Chaldean/Assyrian candidate, Younadam Yousip Kanna.

“The Chaldean community is split among these three,” Kalasho noted.Al-Maliki and Allawi, both Muslims, appeal to Iraqis with strong business ties and property ownership in Iraq, while Kanna appeals to nationalistic-minded Chaldeans and those who aim to see Christian Chaldeans have a voice in the Parliament. The Chamber has taken a neutral stance on the elections, not endorsing candidates.

For more information, visit or call 619-244-6220.

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