Under pressure from the U.S. and the UN the Iraqi Parliament reversed a recent change to election laws. The overturned law would have virtually
assured passage of the new proposed Iraqi constitution by measuring vote percentages against registered voters rather than actual voters, effectively
turning every non-voter into a "YES" voter. The constitutional referendum vote is scheduled for October 15th.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Under U.S. and U.N. pressure, Iraq's Shiite-led parliament Wednesday reversed its last-minute electoral law changes, which would have
ensured passage of a new constitution but which the United Nations called unfair.
Sunni Arab leaders who had threatened a boycott because of the changes said they were satisfied with the reversal and were now mobilizing to defeat
the charter at the polls. But some warned they could still call a boycott to protest major U.S. offensives launched over the past week in western
Iraq, the Sunni heartland.
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It's good that this rule change has been reversed, it would have put a cloud over the legitimacy of the Iraqi constitution for years to come. If the
current proposed constitution is defeated, there will be new elections to choose a parliament to write a new one. If the Sunnis defeat this one,
hopefully they'll have a much higher level of participation in voting for the next try.
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