A MAJORITY OF IRAQI PARLIAMENT MEMBERS CALL FOR A TIMETABLE FOR U.S. WITHDRAWAL

05/10/07 Robert Lorei
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Our guest was Raed Jarrar who co-wrote a piece for Alternet.org about a majority of Iraq's members of Parliament calling for an end to the U.S. occupation.

Jarrar and Joshua Holland wrote the recent piece "Majority of Iraqi Lawmakers Now Reject Occupation," which states: "On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq's parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country; 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.

"It's a hugely significant development. Lawmakers demanding an end to the occupation now have the upper hand in the Iraqi legislature for the first time; previous attempts at a similar resolution fell just short of the 138 votes needed to pass (there are 275 members of the Iraqi parliament, but many have fled the country's civil conflict, and at times it's been difficult to arrive at a quorum)." Jarrar is Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee.

http://raedinthemiddle.blogspot.com, http://alternet.org/waroniraq/51624

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