Iraq Convenes First Elected National Assembly

Iraq’s democratically elected government convened today for the first time.

Iraq Convenes First National Assembly (ABC News)

Iraq puts its fragile democracy to the test Wednesday, convening its first freely elected National Assembly in recent history after last-minute bargaining over Sunni Arab candidates to head the parliament.


Shiite Muslim officials said they failed to reach final agreement in talks with the Kurds who are mostly Sunni Muslim but secular and the Sunni Arabs. But those failures were not enough to prevent the 275-member National Assembly from preparing to meet Wednesday for the first time since the Jan. 30 elections. “It will be a historic event because the Iraqi people will witness an elected parliament for the first time in their lives,” said Ali al-Dabagh, a member of the Shiite clergy-dominated United Iraqi Alliance, which won the most seats in the elections.

Great news. Now, when do we get that oil we went to war for?

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  1. Kathy K says:

    “Now, when do we get that oil we went to war for?”
    Oh… probably in a year or two. And they are likely to charge us going rate for it, too.