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Iraqis at a market in Baghdad were hoping public officials would find a solution in parliament on Tuesday and were disappointed. (Source: CNN) Iraqis at a market in Baghdad were hoping public officials would find a solution in parliament on Tuesday and were disappointed. (Source: CNN)
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BAGHDAD (CNN) - Iraqis are frustrated and disillusioned with their government.

On Tuesday, Iraq’s parliament postponed their first session to next week after 90 members failed to return after a morning break.

Many Iraqis on the streets of Baghdad are losing hope that their government can effectively deal with the crisis at hand.

Iraqis by now are used to a fairly lengthy and painful process when it comes to government formation. But there was the sense that maybe this time around things would be different,

The sense that politicians would find a certain level of maturity, capacity to put aside their differences and begin the process of government formation, especially given the severity of the crisis the country is facing.

ISIS has just declared a caliphate inside Iraq, and the terrorists have vowed to destroy the capital. But there were no real results out of Tuesday’s parliament session and the country's population was left once again bitterly disappointed.

Ahmed, with his 6-year-old son, doesn't want to talk politics. “They just do whatever they want," he says bitterly.

Another young man is fed up with journalists and sick of politicians.

Moqtad Rashid is a bit more forgiving.

“It’s obvious that the parties need to agree on all the positions before they can meet, and this is hard," he says.

He is among those who volunteered to fight alongside Iraqi security forces against the ISIS terrorists.

"I am old, so they said they will call me if they need me," he says.

He says that for him, fighting terrorism trumps political concerns.

But in a nation where violence and politics are intricately intertwined, the people continue to remain hostage to both. And parliament's latest failure is crushing.

Seven-year-old Nisreen wants to be a pharmacist. It’s a future her mother struggles to see.

"I don't regret having a daughter. But I do regret bringing her into this situation,” she says.

"Because there is no security in Iraq, there is no hope, there is no future," the woman says.

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