War Every Day (eIraq Blog)|
Jeff Severns Guntzel, Electronic Iraq, Nov 4, 2008
After a wave of bombings yesterday has not abated today.
Where at least 11 people were killed and 26 wounded in two separate
blasts--one in a car park in eastern Baghdad, the other on a roadside
in northern Baghdad.
Meanwhile, military commanders at the Iraqi Ministry of Defense told the Iraqi parliament that they are prepared to take over for the Multi National Forces if a security pact does not pass by December 31st.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani shot down Kurdish leader Massud Barzani's invitation
for the United States to build military bases in the Kurdish region if
a security pact fails. Talabani, also Kurdish, said "It is not possible
troops to stay in Kurdistan without the approval of the central
government. Kurdistan is part of Iraq, and all of the country's
constitutional laws apply to it."
Iraq's parliament has voted in favor of quotas
guaranteeing a handful of provincial seats to Iraq's minority groups.
The plan gives one seat for Christian parties on the provincial
councils of Baghdad, Nineveh and Basra. Sabians get one seat in
Baghdad. Yazidis and Shabaks each get one
seat on the Nineveh council. This is a key step towards regional
elections due to take place at the end of January but it has also
planted a seed of resentment--Christians have demanded stronger
representation and are bristling at their single seat.
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