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Iraq constitution will enshrine conflicts

Issue No. 1971

Protests are taking place in Iraq in the run up to a referendum on the new constitution, set to take place on 15 October.

The document represents yet another attempt by the US-led occupation to stoke up sectarian divisions in Iraq.

If the constitution is accepted it will divide the country into semi-autonomous regions, each dominated by different religious and ethnic groups. It would enshrine the role of the militias, such as the Badr Brigade and the Kurdish peshmerga forces, exposed this week for their role in fuelling sectarianism.

Having failed to find a local “strongman” to rule Iraq on their behalf, the occupiers now want to stabilise the country by playing off different groups against each other.

But the real division in Iraq is between those who support the occupation and an overwhelming majority that wants the troops out.

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Sat 8 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1971
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