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.
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