Iraqi parliament fails to establish state of emergency
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Iraq’s parliament failed to reach a quorum needed to vote on a request to declare a state of emergency on Thursday, AFP reports.
Only 128 of 325 MPs attended the vote, causing the emergency session to be cancelled, according to AFP.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki submitted a request for parliament to declare a state of emergency, which would greatly expand his power.
Parliament’s failure to carry out the session highlights the dysfunction that is typical in Iraq’s government.