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New political balance for Iraq Parliament

Reidar Visser writes on Iraq and Gulf Analysis:

Subsequent to the resumption of meaningful parliamentary business in November 2010 – 8 months after the parliamentary elections in March that year – the Iraqi national assembly has seen a string of replacements of candidates for a variety of reasons, as well as cases of very public defections from some of the biggest entities in parliament.

With a showdown about the annual budget right around the corner, it makes sense to take stock of the new political balance.

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