The new Iraqi governing Shiites plan to have a diverse government. They plan to have representatives from all three major groups in Iraq. The new plan
will ensure that for each governing official, whether that be Shiite, Kurd, or Suni, they will be backed by one of the other two groups. Also, the
aids will be from all walks of religion. This plan would appear to be workable.
But if one listens to what the Shiite slate has been saying, there has been a reassuring consistency: Its members are not bent on dominating the
political scene, even though Shiites are a majority in Iraq and were long repressed under Saddam Hussein. Rather, they want to cooperate with Iraq's
minority groups, including Sunni Arabs, favored under Hussein, and ethnic Kurds, most of whom are also Sunni.
Instead of trying to cobble together enough allies to form a strong parliamentary majority to ram through legislation, he said, the slate is seeking
to create a government that would include all, or as many as possible, of the 12 electoral slates that won seats in the assembly — plus some Sunni
groups that did not participate.
For instance, if a government minister is a Shiite, his or her two deputies might be a Kurd and a Sunni, and their assistants might be Turkmen or
Christian, he said.
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I believe that this might be able to work, if the insurgence can be stopped. One concern, however, is the Suni's lack of interest in participating in
the new government. During Sadam's reign, the Suni's were the favored sect, now, however, the Shiites are in rule. This could cause a lot of tension,
considering the Suni's are backing the insurgence.
Many of the Suni's in Iraq are the wealthy leaders, therefore they have the finances to back insurgence attacks. There are currently negotiations
underway to try and pursuade the Suni leaders to participate in the new government. Shiite and Kurdish leaders are currently in negotiation with Suni
Arab leaders to get help in writing the new constitution for Iraq.
One very encouraging fact is that the new constitution must be approved by 16 of the 18 providences of Iraq to be accepted. This is encouraging since
both the Suni and Kurdish groups hold at least 3 providences each. Another rule states that the president and 2 vice presidents must be approved by at
least 2/3 vote.