March 10, 2006

Was it worth it?

Iraq's New Parliament to Convene March 19

From the AP via Yahoo! News:

President Jalal Talabani issued a decree Friday ordering Iraq's new parliament to hold its first session March 19, his chief of staff told The Associated Press.


Talabani, a Kurd who has opened a campaign with Sunni and some secular politicians to deny al-Jaafari a second term, tried to issue the necessary decree Sunday, but was unable to get the signature of one of two vice presidents, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who leads the Shiite parliamentary bloc loyal to Adbul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

The president has challenged al-Jaafari's candidacy on grounds he is too divisive and would be unable to form a government representing all of Iraq's religious and ethnic factions. There was also great unease over al-Jaafari's close ties to radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Talabani first sought to order the first session on March 12, the date dictated by the constitution.

Both Abdul-Mahdi and al-Hakim held back because of the uncertainty over al-Jaafari, apparently reluctant to be forced to join those in the opposition because they did not want to publicize the split in Shiite ranks. On Thursday, however, the two political heavyweights relented and Abdul-Mahdi agreed to sign.

The opening of parliament is the first step in the process of forming the country's first permanent, post-invasion government. When parliament convenes, it has 60 days to accomplish the task.


Well well well, Iraq's government is doing things on its own. Good for them. Meanwhile, there is STILL WAR, oh but they have a new governmnt now, they're a democracy, we've helped them a lot, its WAY better than what they had with Saddam Hussein.

This morning I heard someone on CBS say that Talabani ordered his first execution yesterday, my Republican father quickly changed the channel...

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