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Sunnites did not sign draft of Iraqi constitution

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BAGHDAD, August 28 (RIA Novosti, Pavel Davydov) - Sunnites from the Iraq's Constitutional Committee did not sign the draft of the national constitution, said a committee official.

Houssein al-Falluji said, "None of the 15 committee members signed the draft of the constitution."

He added that the position taken by the Sunnites reflected their desire to preserve the unity of the Iraqi people and prevent any future attempts to split Iraq."

"We wanted this constitution to be the constitution for all Iraqi people and served interests of all Iraqi residents rather than the interests of certain groups," the Iraqi official said.

Representatives of Shiite and Kurdish parties in the Iraqi parliament prepared the current draft of the constitution. In order to reach an agreement with Sunnites, the authors of the draft introduced several changes in the document two days ago. However, according to Sunnites, the disagreements have still remained.

The National Assembly (the parliament) of Iraq meets today to adopt the draft of the constitution. After that, the document will be reviewed by a national referendum scheduled for October 15. As a preparation for the referendum, 5 million copies of the document have been distributed among the population.

According to the Iraqi law, the draft will be rejected if two-thirds of the population in at least three out of 18 provinces votes against it. The Sunnites enjoy the majority in at least four provinces and have a possibility to block the draft.

"The only option we have at present is to mobilize people to vote against the draft during the referendum," Houssein al-Falluji said.

In the past few weeks, the Sunnite leaders have been calling upon to the population to register for the upcoming referendum.

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