December 24, 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Iraqi parliament Tuesday approved an agreement that will permit 6,000 troops from the United Kingdom, Australia, Romania, and Estonia to remain in the country for a limited time after the current UN mandate authorizing the multi-national force in Iraq expires on December 31, 2008. The vote ...[read more]
February 13, 2008
by Brett Murphy
The Iraqi Council of Representatives passed an amnesty law as part of a package of legislation approved Wednesday, a day after speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani threatened to disband the legislature when Shi'ite and Sunni lawmakers walked out on budget hearings. In addition to the amnesty law that ...[read more]
February 12, 2008
by Devin Montgomery
Shi'ite and Sunni lawmakers walked out of Iraq's parliament Tuesday, prompting speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani to threaten to disband the legislature. The walkout was sparked by divisions between Kurdish and other lawmakers over what percentage of the national income should be reserved for ...[read more]
October 27, 2007
by Nick Fiske
Iraqi prosecutor Munqith al-Faroon defended the death sentence for convicted Saddam Hussein-era defense minister Sultan Hashim al-Tai Friday, saying that al-Tai personally oversaw the deaths of 180,000 people during brutal military campaigns against Iraq's Kurds in late 1980's and that his ...[read more]
October 26, 2007
by Jaime Jansen
Iraqi parliament speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani Thursday objected to the execution of former Saddam Hussein-era Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmed al-Tai, joining a group of Iraqi political leaders speaking out against the planned execution. Al-Mashhadani said that executing al-Tai would cause ...[read more]
September 7, 2007
by Jaime Jansen
The Iraqi government named Moussa Faraj as chair of the Commission on Public Integrity (CPI) Thursday. Farag will replace Radhi al-Radhi, who has retired in light of corruption accusations brought by the Iraqi parliament's anti-corruption committee. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ...[read more]
July 19, 2007
by Michael Sung
Sunni members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives ended a lengthy boycott of parliamentary sessions Thursday, after agreeing to a secret deal with Shi'a political parties that will reinstate Sunni lawmaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani as speaker of the Council of Representatives. According to an ...[read more]
September 19, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl
Iraq's National Assembly on Tuesday again postponed debate on a draft federalism bill that would allow Iraq's 18 provinces to form strong governments with their own security forces. Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani said Tuesday that the bill, supported by Kurdish and Shiite ...[read more]

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