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AP Buries: Iraqis End All Parliament Boycotts

From the DNC’s Associated Press:


Suicide bombing in Baghdad kills 9

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber drove through a checkpoint and blew up his car in Baghdad’s Shiite district of Sadr City, killing at least nine people, police and hospital officials said.

Iraqi police fired at the attacker after he refused to stop at the checkpoint, but he managed to detonate the explosives, officials said. Twenty-three people were wounded and many cars and shops were destroyed.

Meanwhile, a small Sunni Arab bloc ended its parliamentary boycott Saturday, returning to the legislature as it considers key benchmark legislation demanded by Washington amid increasing pressure to end the political deadlock.

The return of the Iraqi National Dialogue Front ends the last boycott of parliament, which had contributed to the political paralysis

Parliament reconvened Tuesday after a monthlong summer break but has not yet taken up any of the key benchmark legislation because competing factions have still not been able to hash out compromises.

Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders agreed in principle on some of the 18 issues that the U.S. has set as benchmarks for progress. Among them were holding provincial elections, releasing prisoners held without charge and changing the law preventing many former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party from holding government jobs and elected office.

The so-called de-Baathification draft law appears to be the closest to being ready.

“We will receive it today or tomorrow and then it will be put forward in parliament for discussion this week,” deputy parliament speaker Khaled al-Attiyah told The Associated Press by telephone.

Al-Attiyah did not say how long he expects the discussion to last or whether it will be approved.

But he has previously said he did not expect to parliament to begin discussing another key draft law — on oil revenue sharing — before mid-September. The measure has been in the hands of a constitutional committee for months.

Leaders of the Iraqi National Dialogue Front said the party had ended its boycott so that it could be present for the discussion of the draft laws.

More bad news for the Democrat defeatists.

Of course the AP does its best to bury the story in another article hailing their freedom fighter suicide bomber heroes.

But there it is:

The return of the Iraqi National Dialogue Front ends the last boycott of parliament, which had contributed to the political paralysis.

And this:

Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders agreed in principle on some of the 18 issues that the U.S. has set as benchmarks for progress.

How horrible — for the terrorists and their Democrat allies.

Still, given how much dire attention these boycotts garnered when they were begun, you would think it would at least rate a headline from our watchdog media.

But you would be mistaken.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 8th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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