Sunday, May 01, 2016

People power

European Union --

Statement of HR/VP Federica Mogherini on the attack in Iraq

The reported attack today on the Iraqi Parliament and the violent protests in Baghdad risk to further destabilise an already tense situation. It appears as deliberate disruption of the democratic process.

Any careful reading of what's actually going on in Iraq (e.g. this BBC story) would call for caution on using the word "attack" (suggesting an equivalence to terrorism) or praising what had been going on before the "attack" as the democratic process. In particular, vested interests in the parliament have been using quorum rules to block votes on selecting more qualified ministers than the current crop -- which is what the Prime Minister says he wants. 

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