Iraq’s new parliament has finally convened on June 14 after three months of court hearings, election result recounts and candidacy disqualifications. However, there is a growing concern on the frustration and cynicism of Iraqi citizens toward the fledgling political class imbued with opportunism, according to Anthony Shadid of the New York Times.

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    • Chiden Balmes

      Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.