Iraq: December 17, 2002


Iraqi exile groups meeting in London have agreed on a federal form of government for post Saddam Iraq. This placates the Kurds, who have never gotten along with the 80 percent of the population that is Arab. It's not known if the Christian groups (five percent of the population) will also benefit from this. The Christian communities, who date back two thousand years, have also had difficult relations with the Moslem majority for the last 1300 years. It is hoped that the federal system, similar to what is found in Canada and the US, will also keep the Shias (55 percent of Iraqis) happy, as they have long been oppressed by the Sunnis (25 percent.)


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