Ladies and gentlemen, Iraq has a government. Took a while, but they got there. I’m happy about that.
I find myself concerned that Chalabi is the acting oil minister, since he’s not exactly a beacon of shining moral integrity. I’m also rather bemused that the Prime Minister is the acting defense minister. Having the head of state also be the head of the armed forces has not traditionally been a sign of democratic process, but at least it’s temporary.
Ah, yes, temporary ministers. What happened is this: they couldn’t agree on who got the important ministerial posts, so they made them acting posts for the time being. They will get filled in over the course of the next couple of weeks. It’s the right decision, as Iraq can’t go without a government any longer.
On to the constitution.