Posted by: becketfund | November 3, 2008

Iraq: Religious Minorities Insulted by Electoral Quota

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s religious minorities have expressed disappointment at the few provincial council seats tentatively assigned to them to be approved in the local elections in 2009, the BBC reported on November 3. Iraqi MPs have voted to guarantee six provincial council seats in total out of more than the 400 existent seats. Three are designated for Christians, one for the Yazidis, one for Mandeans and one for the Shabak peoples. Christian MP Yunadim Kanna said of the vote “It is a degrading decision for the unique minorities of this country. It does not serve public interest and we consider it a major insult for all minorities in Iraq.” The matter now goes to the three-member Iraqi presidency council, which has the power of veto over proposed laws. The measure falls short of the 12 guaranteed seats proposed by the UN.

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