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Leaders Try to Change Iraq Referendum Rules

Sunni Arab leaders on Tuesday threatened to boycott Iraq’s crucial vote on a new constitution, angered by new rules by the Shiite-led parliament that make it nearly impossible for Sunnis to defeat it at the polls. U.S. and U.N. officials were trying to persuade the government to reverse the changes. A Sunni boycott of the Oct. 15 referendum would deeply undermine the legitimacy of a constitution that the United States had hoped would bring together the country’s disparate factions and erode support among Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority for the insurgency. Sunnis oppose the constitution, but U.S. officials are still trying to ensure they participate in the vote. Full Story

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