New Iraqi Parliament Meets for First Time

Iraq's new parliament met on Monday for the first time since elections were held on 7th March.

According to Voice of America, “the session adjourned quickly, because parliament members had not ironed out the main items on the agenda”.

The session is still technically 'open', but suspended indefinitely, so as not to trigger a constitutional deadline of 30 days to form a new government.

The two top contenders for the post of prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki and Iyad Allawi, only met for the first time on Saturday, describing their talks as “friendly and positive”.

Despite the power vaccuum, America remains committed to withdrawing its combat forces by 1st September.

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