Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Just in case you missed it yesterday...

Iraq's parliament adjourns without passing key laws

Legislators fail to act on measures the U.S. Congress considers benchmarks of progress, including the sharing of oil revenue.

BAGHDAD — Legislators joked and chatted, showing no sense of urgency about breaking a deadlock between Sunni and Shiite Muslims over national reconciliation as Iraq's parliament held its final session Monday before a monthlong recess.

Adjourning until Sept. 4, despite complaints from some American critics, the parliament failed to pass laws concerning oil investment and revenue-sharing among regions, the re-integration of former members of Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime into government, and provincial elections.