Sunni Arab politicians boycotted the Iraqi parliament yesterday. They were protesting a bill they fear will divide the country and cause further sectarian warfare. The Shia and Kurdish sponsored draft law paves the way for Iraq’s 18 provinces to form autnonomous federal regions with their own governments and security forces. Adnan al-Dulaimi, head of the Sunni Arab Iraqi Accordance Front, declared:-
I call on Iraqis to confront this draft. Iraq will stay unified under a unified capital.
“Federalism is a preliminary step to dividing and separating Iraq.”
The boycott was joined by the Iraqi Nation List and the blco of radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.