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Sunnis expected to help write Iraq constitution

[JURIST] An official with the parliamentary committee overseeing the drafting of Iraq's permanent constitution [JURIST report] said Sunday that up to 35 Sunni Arabs will be listed by their leaders as willing to help draft the new constitution. The 55-member committee, which itself includes only 2 Sunnis is hoping, with US support [JURIST report], to use the experts to bring Sunnis into the drafting process and try to lessen the frustration and anger of a group thought to be playing a large role in the insurgency. The additional Sunnis would not have voting power on the committee but would be consulted in a effort to frame a consensus. A draft of the constitution is due by mid-August. The Sunni list is expected to be ready by Thursday. The New York Times has more.

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