A new deal reached yesterday will make the new Iraqi constitution temporary if it is approved by Iraqi voters in the Oct 16 referendum.
The new deal is currently being presented to the Iraqi Parliament for approval but assuming it passes, it will mean that at least one major Sunni group, the Iraqi Islamic Party, will urge its’ followers to vote in the referendum and support the constitution. Unfortunately the 2 much larger parties, the Association of Muslim Scholars, and the Iraqi National Dialogue Council have made no such change in their plans and it is widely expected that their members will still boycott the election.
As I said above, the new deal would make the current constitution only temporary… then, after the General Election the newly elected government would strike another committee to review any parts of the constitution that were still unsatisfactory to some parties, propose changes, and then submit the constitution to again be approved by national referendum 6 months after the General Election.
I’m not thrilled with the prospect of yet more wrangling… and I think Iraqis might be tired of it as well… but if this means that more Sunnis will participate in and support the constitutional and election process, then I have to be for it.
In the end, what matters is not the document itself, but rather the process of inclusion and reconciliation between parties. This might be a first step in reconciling with the Sunnis and that *has* to be viewed as a good thing.