11-7-12 SWFloridaGuy: Well, we waited for the House of Representatives to reconvene after yet another holiday. They were forced to disband after only 30 minutes for a lack of quorum. You'd think with so many important items on the docket (CBI policy etc.), deputies would show up for work.
This is not a new phenomenon. Attendance is such a huge problem in parliament that they were actually forced to institute a penalty system.
The parliamentary bylaws say that the parliamentary presidency can issue a written warning to deputies that are absent 5 times in a row or 10 times during the course of the legislative year.
Unfortunately, that system is corrupt also. There are plenty of loopholes deputies choose to abuse, whereby a distinction can be made between a legitimate absence (health reasons, away on business etc.) and they are rarely penalized for not showing up for work because of this.
Iraq is moving forward IMO but they sure do it at their own pace, which is way too slow for us Westerners. Despite their best efforts, I do think that Iraq will become a leader in the region.
Eventually, international pressure and corporate investment will appeal to the politicians sense of greed, which makes an economic recovery most likely inevitable.