"Federal" language reportedly used in Iraqi constitution draft

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting Monday that a draft of Iraq's constitution [JURIST news archive] calls the country a "republican, parliamentarian, democratic and federal" state, but fails to detail the extent of the federalism. The vague language may indicate a compromise between various ethnic groups, with Kurds and some Shiites pushing for a more federal form of government and Sunnis opposed to federalism [JURIST report] and vowing to mobilize against it. The draft must be approved by a majority of 275-member National Assembly before it is voted on in a October 15 national referendum. If any three of Iraq's 18 provinces reject the constitution by a 2/3 majority, the document will be rejected. Reuters has more.



 

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