Iraqi spokesman says Sunni political inexperience weak link in constitution Holly Manges Jones at 4:36 PM ET
[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.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.