"A series of intertwined political crises that began with accusations that Iraq's prime minister was consolidating power have escalated into calls to unseat him, and paralysed the country's government.
"The political crisis has reached its highest level since its beginning, but it is still running within the framework of the democratic game," Iraqi political analyst Ihsan al-Shammari said.
"The country is paralysed on all levels; there is a clear political paralysis paralleled by governmental negligence and a failure of the legislative authority, while the people are disappointed and afraid of the security consequences," Shammari said.
The trouble began in earnest in mid-December, when the secular Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc began a boycott of parliament and the cabinet over what it said was Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's centralisation of power." AFP
Ah, here we have the fruits of the neocon wisdom and way. The Shia dominated government of Maliki, the former Da'wa terrorist, wishes to consolidates its grip on power at the expense of all others and if necessary by imprisoning them. Is this a surprise to any non-neocon sentient being?
If this is Iraq, can Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia be far behind? pl