Sunday, November 7
"Yahoo.com - Allawi declared the state of emergency across Iraq (news - web sites), except the region of Kurdistan, to ensure security before the Jan. 27 elections President Bush (news - web sites) says will be a cornerstone in building a democratic Iraq.
"This will send a very powerful message that we are serious," Allawi told reporters of the martial law decree.
"We want to secure the country so elections can be done in a peaceful way."
Giving itself power to declare emergency rule, equivalent to martial law, was one of the first things the government did after replacing the U.S.-led administration on June 28. But this is the first time it has used the power."