Friday, August 12, 2005

Shia state in Iraq?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4141616.stm

According to the BBC, 11 August 2005, a top Shia leader in Iraq, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, has called for the setting up of a Shia state for Iraq's Shias. This state would be an autonomous federal state in the south of the country.

Shia Muslims make up some 60% of Iraq's population.

Iraq's Kurds in the north already have de facto autonomy.

Shia religious leaders have long backed calls for the creation of a federalised Shia south.

Hakim's Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri) is important in Iraq.
"Along with the Dawa party, Sciri makes up most of the Shia majority in Iraq's parliament."

Iraq's Sunnis oppose Shia and Kurdish autonomy as this could leave the Sunnis without oil wealth.


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