Iraq Gives Approval for US Troops to Remain for Three More Year. In a Thursday meeting, a majority of 198 lawmakers present in the Iraq National Assembly approved the Status of Forces Agreement that would give US troops until 2011 to remain in Iraq.
WiredPRNews.com — As reported by TIME, the country’s prime minister, Nouri al-Malik, had been pushing for a widespread consensus of the pact, which is said to be a significant step towards bringing to an end the heavy presence of the U.S. military in the country, and providing a timeline for withdrawal. One lawmaker in the Parliament, Abdel-Bari al-Zebari, was quoted as stating “We want to tell Maliki that we are building a new democracy, and that we’re not ready anymore to let the power be in one man’s hands, no matter who he is.”
The Iraqi Parliament is also stated to be reaching a new phase of transitioning power from the prime minister to the president and legislative body.