July 17, 2007

Mahmoud al-Mashhadani


This is another of John's caricatures of Iraqi politicians, drawn a few months back. Mahmoud al-Mashhadani has since been voted out of the Iraqi parliament. Here's a recent article that mentions him, from the International Herald Tribune: Kurds speak out against key oil law.

The main Sunni faction, the Iraqi Accordance Front, has said the draft cannot be considered until its boycott of al-Maliki's Cabinet and the parliament are resolved.

The faction walked out of parliament after the speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, a Sunni, was voted out of his position in mid-June by the Shiite-Kurd majority because of erratic behavior. The front's ministers later began a boycott of the Cabinet to protest an arrest warrant was issued against the Sunni culture minister and a raid on his house in connection to the killings of Shiite politician's sons.

Wikipedia has more.

To see more of John's caricatures, see his new blog John Cox Art.

UDPATE I -- July 18: A different Mahmoud al-Mashhadani is in the news today.

UDPATE II: Thanks to Casey Smith for catching a few typos in this post.

Posted by Forkum at July 17, 2007 05:06 PM