Iraq's new premier Haider al-Abadi sits during a parliamentary session to vote on Iraq's new government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, September 8, 2014 file. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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As Iraq faces militants, financial woes and endemic corruption, parliament – supposedly the heart of its government – has been mired in turmoil and failed to address the country's problems.The deadlock and chaos in parliament in recent months comes as Iraq faces some of the most dangerous and pressing problems in its recent history – issues an effective legislature could play a role in addressing.While there have been frequent problems in parliament of late, ineffectiveness in the legislature is far from new, and what is meant to be one of Iraq's key government institutions is not performing its role."That is very problematic because our constitution establishes Iraq as a parliamentary democracy, and places the Iraqi parliament at the center of all state activities".Lawmakers working for their own enrichment or for parties, sects or ethnicities instead of broader national goals are the cause of some of the problems in parliament, and of the widespread anger against it.
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