5-31-2012 SWFloridaGuy: A successful "no confidence" requires an absolute majority which would be 163, although they've been referencing 164 lately. There are 325 altogether. To get that majority, they must have cross-party support. It's hard to tell what the real numbers are from the official parliament report. News reports suggest that the votes often split along party lines, at times almost splitting the chamber in half. We've even seen instances where 2nd votes had to be taken due to alleged technical issues. They are trying to rally up the necessary signatures to ensure that they know exactly what the outcome will be, when the emergency session is called and it's time to make it official. If the reports coming out are true, Maliki's opposition may have the numbers on their side at this point. It doesn't appear like anyone is interested in talking about this any longer. They are taking action, which is a great sign we are moving past this and onto the next stage. As usual all we can do is sit back, enjoy the fireworks and hope we watching the grand finale.