Iraq and Gulf Analysis

An Initiative to Create the Federal Region of Basra Is Launched

Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 11 November 2008 21:21

The Basra parliamentarian and former member of Wifaq Wail Abd al-Latif has announced that a petition requesting a referendum for the creation of the federal region of Basra (Iqlim al-Basra) as a standalone entity has been submitted to the Iraqi electoral commission, featuring 34,800 signatures. The petitioners believe that this number is sufficient to meet the requirement that at least 2% of the governorate voters should sign the initial petition (this would correspond to a total Basra voting population of 1,740,000). Full story here.

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