Iraq and Gulf Analysis

Delaying Tactics in the Iraqi Parliament

Posted by Reidar Visser on Monday, 19 October 2009 17:52


Mahmud Uthman of the Kurdish bloc wanted to press on with more important matters and Jalal al-Din al-Saghir of ISCI thought the elections law should be studied in a smaller group to achieve consensus. Today’s session of the Iraqi parliament ended pathetically with the endorsement of a handful of new Iraqi ambassadors who were goaded through the ritual of reading out their CVs and then confirmed by acclamation – no doubt after having already been approved by studious adherence to the principle of ethno-sectarian and party quotas in a way that would have made Paul Bremer proud. The obvious alternative of simply voting on the elections law, article by article, apparently did not appeal to the powerful voices in the assembly. Instead there is another delay and another session tomorrow. And the clock is ticking.

6 Responses to “Delaying Tactics in the Iraqi Parliament”

  1. Elizabeth Miller said

    Perhaps Vice President Biden’s power breakfast this morning with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sorted some stuff out. 🙂

  2. Reidar Visser said

    To be honest if Biden wants to make this process move forward then I think he needs to pick up the phone and call Barzani instead.

  3. Elizabeth Miller said

    I think that has already been done…and a few more calls are probably on the way.

  4. Al-daraji said

    We are used to Biden having a bad influence on Iraqi politics because of his unpopular idea of decentralization, lets see if he can actually do something good like pressuring the Kurds on the matter of Karkuk.

  5. Salah said

    Reidar, you forgot one before the Iraqi parliament endorsement of a handful of new Iraqi ambassadors.

    with no urgency for it, on Tuesday 13 Oct 2009, using the noises of the close/ open list and kirkuk case to cover-up smooth pass for the Iraq’s parliament approval for the security agreement with Britain went quite in news.

    here (Arabic)

  6. Elizabeth Miller said


    Thank-you for not calling what Biden was talking about ‘partition’. These days, I’m thankful for small miracles like that!

    Seriously, though…do you think Iraq can be governed without any form of decentralization? Since I am most familiar with the Canadian style of federalism, it’s hard for me to understand how a similarly diverse country like Iraq would want to be governed by a strong central government with little or no autonomy at the local and regional level.

    And, to be clear, I’m not talking about a devolution of power just based on ethnicity or sectarianism, though that may necessarily be the case for the regional government of Kurdistan. I’m simply talking about a shift of some power from the central government to the provinces or regions as a way of bringing the power closer to the people and of keeping Iraq stable and united.

    This, by the way, was the Biden approach, in a nutshell. Though, you won’t find many sources throughout the media/blogosphere/punditocracy who would see it that way because the majority of them have never understood the first thing about what Senator Biden was talking about.

    And, I actually think the best person to help broker negotiations between the Kurds and the national government would be none other than Joe Biden…but, that’s just me!

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