Tuesday, March 31, 2015   

Iraq parliament fails to reach quorum for emergency session
(06-12 19:02)

Iraq's parliament failed to reach a quorum preventing it from voting on a request to announce a state of emergency to deal with a major jihadist offensive.
A senior government official said only 128 of 325 MPs attended, and another official confirmed a quorum was not reached.
The ''emergency session,'' which had been announced two days before, was then cancelled.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the president's office submitted a request for parliament to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday, as jihadists overrun swathes of territory.
The failure of the session showcased how dysfunctional the Iraqi parliament, which has passed little significant legislation in years and is often poorly attended, has become.
Iraq's security forces have so far failed to halt the offensive, with many soldiers abandoning their posts and uniforms and fleeing.--AFP   
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