[QODLink]
Inside Iraq
Sunni discontent within parliament
Iraq's vice president wants guarantees the country will not be split into states.
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2007 11:21 GMT

Middle East expert Anas Altikriti
Iraq's Sunni members of parliament are set to walk out of the government next week unless key amendments are made to Iraq's constitution.
 
Such a drastic step would deal a potentially devastating blow to reconciliation efforts between the minority Sunnis and majority Shia, who have jostled for power amid a violent sectarian war that has killed thousands of civilians.
 
Tariq Al-Hashemi, Iraq's vice president and the nation's top Sunni leader, wants guarantees enshrined in the constitution that the country will not be split into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish federal states – a scenario that would put the Sunnis at a disadvantage.
 
Al-Hashemi has said if the key amendments to the Iraq constitution were not made by May 15, he will step down and pull his 44 Sunni politicians out of the 275-member Iraqi parliament.
 
The withdrawal of the Sunni bloc would unravel months of efforts to foster political participation by Sunnis in Iraq's government.

It also would further weaken Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki just weeks after Shia cabinet ministers allied with Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr walked out of the government.
 
Inside Iraq looks at the grave implications for the political process of this potential Sunni pull-out of Iraq's parliament.
 
Our guests this week are Dr Hamid Al-Bayati, the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, and Anas Altikriti, a Middle East expert.

Watch this episode of Inside Iraq here:

Part 1:

Part 2:


To contact us click on 'Send your feedback' at the top of the page

Watch Al Jazeera English programmes on YouTube

Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.