Says Party Leaders Have 'Constitutional Responsibility' to Form Govt
In a demand which has been often repeated by administration officials, President Barack Obama today demanded that the various Iraqi political parties form a government.
Though the election does appear to have been largely without incident, particularly compared to the disastrously corrupt election in Afghanistan just months prior, Iraq’s status as a parliamentary republic suggests that there is no such “responsibility” in its constitution.
Indeed it is not entirely unheard of for a successful election to end with a hung parliament and the need to hold another election. This appears increasingly likely to be the case in Iraq, as none of the three major parties could form a government without the help of at least one of the others, and none seems willing to be the “secondary” party in a coalition government.
Though this result might be considered perfectly normal in such a system, it would be incredibly inconvenient for the Obama Administration, which has to contend with an increasingly ineffectual caretaker government while trying to spin the ongoing war as “improving.“
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