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Iraq’s parliament delays debate on divisive federalism bill

July 1, 2018
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Fierce political wrangling forced parliament Sunday to delay discussion of a divisive bill that Sunni Arabs fear will split Iraq apart and fuel sectarian warfare, while attacks killed 18 people and authorities recovered 14 bodies. (International Herald Tribune — 11 September, 2006)
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A boycott by Iraqi political groups Sunday caused parliament to again put off a rancorous debate on a federalism bill that Sunni Arabs fear will divide Iraq and fuel sectarian bloodshed. (MSNBC — 11 September, 2006)
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A mini bus explosion outside an army recruiting center, a parked car bomb in eastern Baghdad and a string of other attacks on Monday left at least 29 Iraqis dead and more than a dozen wounded. A U.S. soldier also died over the weekend, the military said. (International Herald Tribune — 13 hours ago)
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Iraq’s parliament speaker on Sunday suspended the start of a legislative session after two major Sunni blocs boycotted the proceedings because of a dispute over a draft bill submitted by the main Shiite grouping, a Sunni lawmaker said. (International Herald Tribune — 10 September, 2006)
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An explosion outside an army recruiting center in Baghdad killed at least 16 Iraqis as lawmakers struggled to break a deadlock over legislation Sunni Arabs fear will split the country into three pieces. (International Herald Tribune — 18 minutes ago)
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BAGHDAD, Sept. 10 — The main Sunni Arab political bloc boycotted parliament Sunday to protest legislation supported by Shiite Muslims and Kurds that would carve Iraq into a federation of three autonomous states. (Washington Post — 17 minutes ago)
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Iraq’s Sunni Arab vice president called on insurgents Saturday to join the Shiite prime minister’s national reconciliation effort before it was too late, while a Shiite festival that drew millions of pilgrims ended without major incident. (International Herald Tribune — 10 September, 2006)
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Meanwhile, an effort by a group of Shiite lawmakers to promote the partitioning of Iraq into autonomous zones appeared to lose some momentum today. (New York Times — 2 hours ago)
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Despite Sunni objections, Shiite lawmakers are pushing legislation that would carve Iraq into largely autonomous regions. (New York Times — 7 September, 2006)
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Hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims streamed into an Iraqi city under heavy security on Saturday as a religious festival got under way against a backdrop of continued bloodshed. (CNN — 10 September, 2006)
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A Sunni Arab lawmaker called on Iraq’s president and parliament on Sunday to intervene in a dispute over the Iraqi flag which has led to deteriorating relations between Baghdad and the country’s autonomous Kurdish region in the north. (International Herald Tribune — 10 September, 2006)
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