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11th Hour Rules Change Eliminates Sunni Referendum Veto

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posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 07:44 PM

Sunni Arabs have reacted angrily to a decision by Iraq's Shia-dominated parliament making it harder to reject the new constitution in 12 days' time.
The two-thirds majority needed in three provinces to defeat the constitution will now be counted from all registered - as opposed to actual - voters.

Many registered voters may not show up because of violence, it is argued.

Saleh al-Mutlaq, of the Sunni group Iraqi National Dialogue, called the change a "clear forgery".

"They want this constitution to pass despite the will of the people," he added.


Here is what the Interim constitution says:

Article 61.
(C) The general referendum will be successful and the draft constitution ratified if a majority of the voters in Iraq approve and if two-thirds of the voters in three or more governorates do not reject it.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

If the constitution is passed many will see it as illegitimate through process, and if it is not they are stuck with the illegitimate TAL.

This could be worse than the OJ trial....

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