Bush urges Sunnis to embrace draft Iraq constitution

[JURIST] President Bush urged Sunni Arabs on Tuesday to embrace the proposed Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] in an effort to bring peace to a country on the verge of civil war. When asked about a Sunni negotiator's warning that the constitution may lead to a Sunni revolt, Bush replied [White House press briefing] that "There is more than one Sunni involved in the process. Reaching an accord on a constitution, after years of dictatorship, is not easy." Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said earlier Tuesday that almost all of the draft's problems have been resolved, but Sunni leaders have not corroborated his statement and have reportedly said that the draft will fail when the nation votes on it. Iraq's constitutional drafting committee postponed a vote [JURIST report] on the proposed constitution Monday in an attempt to resolve some of the issues plaguing the Sunni minority. AFP has more.



 

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