CRS Report, 10 Apr 07: Iraq: Elections, Constitution, and Government
Elections in 2005 for a transition government (January 30, 2005), a permanent constitution (October 15), and a permanent (four year) government (December 15) produced a broad-based but Shiite-led government that has been unable to reduce Sunni popular resentment. U.S. officials are urging Iraqi leaders to complete efforts to achieve national reconciliation; these efforts, subject of a provision of the House-passed FY2007 supplemental appropriation (H.R. 1591), have proceeded far more slowly than expected but are not broadly deadlocked. (See CRS Report RL31339, Iraq: Post-Saddam Governance and Security, by Kenneth Katzman.)