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  1. Typical tone-deaf NYT-at least the headline-writer. Doesn’t anyone at that paper take Comparative Government? There is no “race” for PM. The Iraqi constitution is very clear: The presidency (once elected by the parliamentary majority) must appoint the candidate proposed by the largest bloc in parliament. That candidate must obtain a confidence vote, or else the appointment process starts all over. But there is never a race, as in a field of candidates competing. It is a serial process, and the largest bloc is given the first-mover advantage (as is typical in parliamentary systems).

    Comment by Matthew — Thursday, March 2, 2006 @ 9:33 am

  2. The suspected role of Sadr’s Mahdi Army in stoking last week’s bloodshed has been widely reported, so, as he and his political opponents head for another showdown over who becomes Iraq’s new prime minister we should be under no illusion about the risk of further violence. (more…)

    Comment by Paul Woodward — Thursday, March 2, 2006 @ 10:42 am

  3. Matthew,

    I often wonder if the reporters at the NYT have taken any polisci whatsoever, to be honest..

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, March 2, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

  4. […] cated already snarled negotiations on a new Iraqi government. This dovetails with a story I noted on Thursday.

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