Iraq and Gulf Analysis

Iraq Federalism Bill Adopted Amid Protests and Joint Shiite–Sunni Boycott

Posted by Reidar Visser on Thursday, 12 October 2006 16:32

Early reports about the adoption on 11 October 2006 of a new Iraqi law for the formation of regions suggest that it was passed under rather chaotic circumstances. No more than some 140 parliamentarians – accounts vary from 138 to 141 – or around half of the 275 members of the assembly turned up for the vote (all voted in favour of the bill), whereas most of the remaining deputies staged an organised boycott. At one point the session was reportedly closed to observers and journalists were not given access to the proceedings… Full story here.

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