Kurds may drop secession demands in Iraq constitution negotiations Christopher Tate at 3:40 PM ET
[JURIST] Kurdish officials discussed dropping their demand for a constitutional right to secede Saturday, as negotiations continued on the drafting of the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive]. Kurds have faced opposition to their demand for self-determination [JURIST report] from various Sunni groups associated with Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's Dawa Party [party website in Arabic] and cleric Muqtada al-Sadr [Wikipedia profile]. This opposition has been instrumental in the disagreements that forced the drafting committee to request a week-long extension [JURIST report] on August 15. The draft must now be completed by Monday, August 22. AP has more.
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