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Iraqi Assembly Convenes Against Backdrop of Explosions

Seven weeks after Iraqis defied insurgent threats to take part in the country’s first free election in decades, members of the constitutional assembly convened here today for the first time, even as a series of explosions shook the heart of the capital. The meeting, which lasted about an hour, was called even though leading politicians had failed so far to form a coalition government. The members of the 275-seat newly elected National Assembly walked quietly into the heavily fortified convention center on the west bank of the Tigris River, with little pomp but with a solemnity indicating they understood the gravity, and the immense hardships, of the task ahead of them.Full Story

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