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Thursday, November 27, 2008

SOFA Mathematics

"Overwhelmingly approved"...?

Today's session was not attended by 220 MPs as related by wire reports. The yeas were 149, and the nays 35 (Sadrists, former Fadhila chairman Nadim al-Jabiri, and four Sunni MPs: Usama al-Nujeifi, Mohammad al-Da'ini, Hussein al-Fallouji, and Wathab Shakir al-Duleimi.)

About 15 MPs from Fadhila refused to enter the chamber.

The heads of the Sunni blocs (Khalaf Al-Alayan is in Beirut) voted for the agreement, claiming that they managed to get a major concession on the referendum (which, oddly enough, I support.)

So there were only 199 MPs in the parliament building today; where were the other 76?


Anonymous amagi said...


I hope that question isn't meant to be somehow rhetorical... because if I'm supposed to know the answer... I certainly don't.

Where were they?

9:54 AM, November 27, 2008

Blogger Don Cox said...

This kind of absenteeism will go on until Iraqi MPs are linked to specific districts, like British MPs. Then they will have voters to call them to account.

11:45 AM, November 27, 2008

Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

Of course, no one believes that this phony parliament has any power whatsoever.
The attack against Iraq of 2003 was conducted through simple brute force and not with legal paperwork.
Are we now supposed to pretend that the opinion of these monkeys counts for something? The fake government of Iraq is a puppet regime controlled from Washington

I recently saw an Iraqi woman who was a member of this shirk parliament, and she was covered in black head to toe and even had black gloves for her hands.
Does she think Allah 3azza wa jal is in need of her veils, if she wants to be a "lawmaker" instead of him

6:52 PM, November 27, 2008

Anonymous Jimmy said...

The fake government of Iraq is a puppet regime controlled from Washington.

Not according to the UN, which oversaw the elections that brought it to power. Not according to virtually all the member states of the UN, which recognise it as Iraq's legitimate government.

The US wouldn't have negotiated for months with a puppet regime, it would have just told it what to do. Nor would a puppet regime have held a free vote in its parliament.

Remind us how many free elections there were under Saddam? Remind us how many political parties there were? Remind us how many MPs there were who weren't terrified slaves of the dictator.

10:50 AM, November 28, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well let me see, if I was one of those absentees, and the agreement turned out to be positive and popular, wel.. I was home sick..I ran out of gas...My alarm clock did not go off.. my child was sick. if there are any problems in the agreement, well I said all along this was going to happen, I refused to be part of a process of voting that i knew was fixed in advance, after all I do have my principals

9:50 PM, November 30, 2008

Blogger Eye Raki said...

200 is actually a good number compared to usual sessions, but one would assume given the special occasion that MP's would actually give a damn and turn up.

9:40 AM, December 01, 2008

Anonymous Tom D said...

It's very refreshing to hear of the banal local politics in Iraq. It's such an enormous breakthrough!

People here in the US never had a clue to begin with and never will understand what Bush and decent Iraqi's achieved or even why it was important.

6:51 PM, December 03, 2008

Anonymous Kafir said...

Visiting Israel?

12:30 PM, December 08, 2008

Anonymous amagi said...


Out with it -- who threw the shoes? Inquiring minds want to know!

11:56 AM, December 14, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this guy is a Ba'athi or a Saddam loyalist. He works for Al-Baghdadia channel which is based in Egypt and it is run by a lot of ex regime loyalists.

This is why we should get rid of all Ba'athists in Iraq.

What happened today is wrong and I feel sorry for Mr. Bush.


12:38 PM, December 14, 2008

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