Iraq’s Constitution So Divisive, There are Calls for a New One
The Iraqi Constitution, formulated in 2005, is often described as one of the best in the Middle East. However there are several grey areas within it and everyone agrees these require amendments. But an almost total lack of consensus within the Iraqi government means they may not be made soon. Now some are calling for a whole new Constitution.
The constitution of any country is supposed to provide the basics of how it should be governed. A national constitution can be a unifying document, which is referred to in times of trouble. But not in Iraq. There the Constitution seems to have become a reason for conflict – rather than the legally binding document for the resolution of tricky issues, it was supposed to be.
“Unfortunately the Constitution has become a source of division for all parties,” opposition MP Haider al-Mulla from the mostly-Sunni Muslim Iraqiya bloc, told NIQASH. “The more ambiguous parts of the Constitution have become a reason for starting a fight. And political blocs easily breach the Constitution to further their own interests, without seriously considering any kind of amendment. We need a final version of the Constitution that is acceptable for all parties. Unfortunately,” he continued, “we’ve now gone through one full term of Parliament without discussing any amendments.”