The U.S. military in Iraq has issued a statement congratulating the Iraqi parliament — officially known as the Council of Representatives — on the one-year anniversary of the swearing-in of its members as “the first democratically-elected legislative body in Iraq’s long and storied history.”

The 275-member body has seen a rocky year, the statement noted, including the sectarian killings sparked by the Samarra shrine bombing in February 2006 and a suicide bomb attack on the parliament’s cafeteria last month.

The statement highlighted some of the legislation passed by the body, including fuel and foreign import laws, an electoral commission law and budget law improvements.

“The Council’s most important work lies ahead of it,” the statement read. “Iraqi and Coalition security forces have sacrificed greatly to realize measured but significant progress in providing security to Iraq’s citizens — that commitment must be matched by Iraq’s lawmakers to find difficult political agreement on such fundamental issues as the Hydrocarbon Law, de-Ba’athification reform, Constitutional Review and the setting of a process and a date for new Provincial Elections that will increase Sunni participation in local government.”

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