Boycott in Iraqi parliament

Parliament's two Sunni Arab blocs boycotted the 275-seat house on Sunday because the Sunni speaker, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, was not reinstated as they demanded.

Boycott in Iraqi parliament
Parliament's two Sunni Arab blocs boycotted the 275-seat house on Sunday because the Sunni speaker, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, was not reinstated as they demanded.

Muhannad al-Issawi, a spokesman for Adnan al-Dulaimi, leader of the Iraqi Accordance Front, had said that the 44-seat bloc decided in a meeting Saturday to demand that al-Mashhadani preside over Sunday's session.

"If the demand is rejected by other blocs, then the Accordance Front will suspend its participation in parliament," al-Issawi had told The Associated Press.

The Accordance bloc was joined in the boycott by the National Dialogue Front.

The Shiite-dominated legislature wants al-Mashhadani to step down and has named his Shiite deputy, Khaled al-Attiya, as a temporary replacement.

Many legislators viewed al-Mashhandani's behavior as unbecoming and a hindrance to parliament's ability to pass key benchmark legislation as demanded by Washington.
Last Mod: 24 Haziran 2007, 17:11
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