Followers of Moqtada Al Sadr Thursday joined a growing chorus of Sunni, Kurdish, and Shiite opposition to a draft oil law backed by Washington, AFP reports. Sadr's supporters said that they would not support any law that would allow firms "whose governments are occupying Iraq" to sign Iraqi oil deals.
At least 12 ministers from the 38-member cabinet are no longer attending cabinet meetings, the New York Times reports. Seventy-four members of Parliament are boycotting the 275-member body, which, when combined with the members who rarely attend anyway, means that Parliament often lacks a quorum and cannot do any official business. Although Parliament can pass legislation without the Sunni bloc, it would be a hollow exercise, because the whole point of the bills now under consideration is to try to heal differences between the Sunni Arab minority and the Shiite majority.
Friday, July 06, 2007
From Just Foreign Policy