Sunnis agree on condemning draft Iraq constitution, but not on referendum boycott

Sunnis agree on condemning draft Iraq constitution, but not on referendum boycott

[JURIST] Twenty-one Sunni Arab organizations Saturday jointly condemned the proposed Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], saying in a statement that it “bears in it the germs of Iraq's division, the loss of its Arab identity and the plundering of its national wealth.” The draft charter, the subject of a much-anticipated October 15 referendum, contains federal provisions that the Sunnis claim will lead to a breakup of the country. The Sunni leaders, however, failed to agree to boycott the referendum itself as they had threatened [JURIST report] earlier in the week. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government announced [Reuters report] that increased security precautions, including a gun ban and travel restrictions, will be implemented a few days before and after the referendum. Aljazeera has more.