103 Iraqi Parliamentarians Demand Withdrawal of US Troops
Gilber Achcar kindly shares his translation of an al-Hayat article:
‘[More than] 103 MPs Demand a Timetable for the Withdrawal of Foreign Troops
Baghdad – Abdel-Wahed Tohmeh – Al-Hayat, July 4, 2005
103 members of the [ 275-member] National Assembly (the Parliament) have demanded the adoption of a resolution cancelling the request made by the Government to the UN Security Council to extend the presence of multinational forces, and urging the Government to put “a clear plan for army building and a timetable for the withdrawal of occupation troops” from Iraq.
Falah Hassan Shneishel MP (of the “Independent National Bloc”) [the INB is the parliamentary bloc of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Current, which plays a prominent role in the organization of the political fight against the occupation] explained that the number of MPs demanding a timetable for the withdrawal of occupation troops has exceeded 103 after more than 20 additional MPs have adopted the statement issued two weeks ago in this regard.
[See my translation of a previous report by Tohmeh.]
Shneishel threatened to call for popular demonstrations in case “the authorities were not serious about the implementation of the demands of the Iraqis for an end to occupation.”