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Iraq Sunnis Want Greater Role In Drafting Constitution

Baghdad, 8 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iraqi Sunni Arab leaders today said they will demand a greater role in drafting the country's new constitution.

Adnan Dulaimi, presiding over a meeting of more than 150 Sunni Arab leaders in Baghdad, said they want at least 25
representatives named to a parliamentary committee drafting the constitution.

He said the group would propose 40 names to choose from tomorrow. The 55-member committee said on 5 June that it had 13 places for unelected Sunnis, who are underrepresented in parliament after having largely boycotted January's elections.

Involving Sunni Arabs in politics and the constitution-drafting process is a key challenge faced by the Shi'ite-
dominated government sworn in last month.

(AFP, AP, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq)