Iraq’s first parliament meeting after the highly contested national elections lasted only 18 minutes. A pre-scheduled session was delayed this week, raising questions about whether their inaction is in violation of the constitution. The law states that a new president must be chosen within 30 days of the first session, The New York Times reports.

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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.