Iraqi lawmakers have delayed a vote that was expected (Monday)
on a resolution that will determine the fate of foreign troops --
other than those from the United States -- beyond this month.
The postponement stems from the fact that Iraqi lawmakers called a special
session (Monday) to discuss removing Parliament Speaker Mahmoud
al-Mashhadani. Some lawmakers accuse Mashhadani of making comments last week
that insulted the parliament.
Now, it is not clear when the body will vote on the resolution that authorizes
the presence of non-U.S. foreign troops through July 2009. If the resolution is
not passed before a United Nations mandate expires December 31st, non-U.S.
foreign troops will have no legal basis to be in Iraq.
Some Iraqi lawmakers (, such as Hanin Mahmood, ) say it is important to
pass the resolution quickly to prevent such a scenario.
The resolution authorizes the presence of troops from Australia, Britain, El
Salvador, Estonia and Romania.