Monday, August 15, 2005

Not a Sunni disposition for new constitution

After a tense battle on Sunday and conflicting statements on Monday, it looks as if the deadline for the Iraqi constitution may have to be extended:

Early Monday, Shiite and Kurdish leaders signaled they were prepared to submit the draft to parliament Monday evening even if they had to do so over Sunni Arab objections.

That risked a backlash among Sunni Arabs, who form the core of the insurgency, which could undermine the American goal of using the constitution to lure away Sunnis from the insurgency.

With stakes so high, public positions among the factions changed by the hour. As Monday's meeting time for the National Assembly drew near, Shiite and Kurdish officials were considering asking parliament to extend the deadline.

Iraqi Pols Mull Extending Constitution Deadline