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September 24, 2008



We will see whether the open-slate system will survive the Council. I think the current party-list system deprives voters of individual accountability of their representative and gives party bosses way too much power.

Open-slate may be an improvement - depending on the details. For example, if voters elect someone the party leadership doesn't like, can he or she be denied his or her seat in Parliament?


The Iraqi Parliament released a detailed report? I guess one day you hope to be quoting a "detailed" report from the Egyptian Parliament, AA?

On the face of it, looks like the Kurds stonewalled effectively: the status quo stays in place while yet another parliamentary committee tries to arrive at a solution. But the elections go ahead, and the representative parliament of the new democratic Iraq negotiates successfully yet another key bill.

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