Iraqi legislature fails to approve proposed cabinet amid Kurdish concerns over autonomy

By Mohammed Rwanduzy, 28 February
Iraqi flag (photo credit: pixabay)
Iraqi flag (photo credit: pixabay)
Iraq’s parliament has postponed a vote on whether to approve Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfik Allawi’s new cabinet until Saturday after the legislature failed to meet quorum on Thursday. Just 120 MPs turned up to the session in Baghdad – shy of the 165 needed to meet quorum. Kurdish and Sunni parties seem to have deliberately avoided the session, alongside some Shiites, because they are worried Allawi intends to exclude their choice of candidates from power.
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