Rice calls for more Sunni involvement in Iraq constitutional process

[JURIST] On a visit to Iraq Sunday Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the Shiite- and Kurd-dominated government to involve the Sunni Arabs - estimated to make up anywhere from 20% [US DOD report] to over 50% [IslamOnline report] of Iraq's population, based on different counting methodologies - in writing the country's new constitution. The recently-formed constitutional committee of the Iraqi National Assembly [Wikipedia entry] has 55 members, but only two Sunnis. Rice repeated administration concerns that the Iraqi constitution-drafting process be inclusive [State Department transcript]. The San Jose Mercury News has more.



 

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