** FILE - In this June 14, 2010 file photo Iraq's new parliament convenes Monday June 14 2010 but postponed a decision on a new president as the country remained in political limbo three months after ... more 
** FILE - In this June 14, 2010 file photo Iraq's new parliament convenes Monday June 14 2010 but postponed a decision on a new president as the country remained in political limbo three months after inconclusive national elections. Iraqi lawmakers have collected their $90,000 stipend, they're raking in $22,500 a month in salaries and allowances, and they're spending free nights in Baghdad's finest hotel _ and they've only worked about 20 minutes this year, without passing a single law. As the parliament prepares to hold what will be only its second session since the inconclusive election in March, lawmakers' lavish salaries and privileges are deepening resentment among Iraqis struggling to make ends meet and frustrated with the political deadlock. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Hadi Mizban, File
Tue, Nov 2, 2010 6:40 PM EDT