Election candidate shot dead in northern Iraq

A candidate standing in Iraq's provincial elections in January was shot dead in a cafe in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday, police said.

Election candidate shot dead in northern Iraq

Mowaffaq al-Hamdani, a candidate for the Sunni Arab party Iraq for Us, was killed by "gunmen" who walked into the cafe in the centre of the city, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, they said.

One policeman was killed and another wounded when police gave chase to the fleeing gunmen.

The results of the vote, which will choose provincial council leaders in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces, will set the tone for parliamentary elections due at the end of 2009.

The government of Nineveh province, where Mosul is located, has been in the hands of minority Kurds since many of the Sunni Arab majority boycotted the last provincial elections in 2005.

Hamdani, in his late 50s, was nominated governor after a former holder of the office was assassinated in 2004, but was not ultimately appointed.

Reuters

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