Iraqi spokesman says Sunni political inexperience weak link in constitution

[JURIST] Iraqi prime minister spokesman Laith Kuba said during a press conference Sunday that the Sunni community's lack of experience in the political arena is a weak link in drafting the new constitution since this is the first time they have been in a negotiation process. However, Kuba also indicated his reluctance for any group to be "marginalized" in creating the constitution. The Sunnis, who now hold only two positions on the 55-member constitutional committee, have been lobbying for increased representation and a spokesman said Saturday they would request UN arbitration [JURIST report] if they were not given additional seats. President Jalal Talabani indicated Thursday that the Sunnis may be given 20-25 more seats [JURIST report] but Friday the Shiite-led Iraqi government offered only 13 [JURIST report], a number that was immediately rejected by the Sunni community. AP has more.



 

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