Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Iraq: Why have a Popular Constitutional Referendum at All?

The Iraqi Constitution reads like a Kurd and Shi'a wish list. To boot, the flawed document forces Islam and postmodern Western democracy into a shotgun wedding.

As if to underscole the superficiality of the legal fundament of the new Iraqi state, US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has found the answer to mollify the Sunni population and to allow George W. Bush to save face: An apparent last-minute deal to institute a parliamentary panel following the referendum that will be empowered to undo the entire document.


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