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Friday
Nov052010

Iraq Parliament Deadlock Unbroken

Mourners after Nov 2 Bombing Image Courtesy - Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- The eight-month long deadlock over forming a new coalition government in Iraq remains unbroken and the parliament's session scheduled for Monday was postponed until next Thursday. Reports from the region blame the lack of agreement on appointments to key posts as the main reason.

The parliamentary elections were held in March, but the body has met for only a few minutes, once, in June.  Since then, the country's high court has ordered the parliament to convene to elect leaders.  There are negotiations going on between factions in the government as they try to hammer out an agreement on a speaker and deputies.

Under Iraq's constitution, once a speaker and deputies are selected, the parliament has 30 days to name a president...who then has 30 days to ask the largest bloc in parliament to  select a prime minister. World leaders worry the leadership vacuum is opening the door to renewed sectarian fighting in Iraq and point to increasing instances of violence in recent days, such as Tuesday's church bombing.

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