Iraqi Parliament Postpones Again

    Salim al-Jubouri, spokesman of the Sunni Accordance Front and member of the Iraqi parliament, speaks to the media after law makers approved an amendment to election law at the Iraqi parliament building in Baghdad November 23, 2009. Iraq's fractious parliament on Monday approved an amended version of a law needed to hold a general election next year, but sidestepped a veto by Sunni Arab Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi, lawmakers said.  REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen (IRAQ POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTXR1W3


    There was a ray of sunshine in the chaos that has been Iraq's government lately. The Sunnis announced they have agreed on a candidate for the post of speaker of parliament, Salim al-Jubouri. That breakthrough, however, did not seem to move the logjam as the acting speaker ended Sunday's negotiations after just 30 minutes “due to the absence of any agreement on the names of the nominees for the three posts.” In an arrangement made after the U.S. invasion, the speaker is a Sunni, the presidency to a Kurd, and the prime minister to a Shiite, and all three sides agree to all three posts ahead of time. The next session is scheduled for Tuesday.

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