4 Aug
Under current circumstances, implementation of this far-reaching type of federalism – the conversion of individual governorates into stand-alone regions or, potentially, one or more larger regions – constitutes a frightening prospect even for the most ardent supporters of federalism, given both the current tense sectarian atmosphere and the lack of legal guidance on how a province should transition to a region in the event of a successful referendum. Many Iraqis fear it could precipitate the country’s violent break-up along ethnic and sectarian fault lines.
-From our latest report, Iraq’s Secular Opposition: The Rise and Decline of Al-Iraqiya

Under current circumstances, implementation of this far-reaching type of federalism – the conversion of individual governorates into stand-alone regions or, potentially, one or more larger regions – constitutes a frightening prospect even for the most ardent supporters of federalism, given both the current tense sectarian atmosphere and the lack of legal guidance on how a province should transition to a region in the event of a successful referendum. Many Iraqis fear it could precipitate the country’s violent break-up along ethnic and sectarian fault lines.

-From our latest report, Iraq’s Secular Opposition: The Rise and Decline of Al-Iraqiya

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