And that leadership most importantly includes Moqtada al-Sadr (Shia),
Shaikh Hadi al-Khalisi (Shia) and Abdul-Salam al-Kubaisi (Sunni). If
you don't know who they are, you haven't been paying attention.
In Hawija, north of Baghdad, hundreds of Iraqis marched against the
constitution, saying it had been presented to parliament without
consensus. Other small rallies were held in Baghdad and other cities.
Sunni demonstrators showed support to their leaders in rejecting the
Supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a young Shia cleric who
also strongly opposes the constitution, joined the demonstrations in
Another revered Iraqi Shia authority voiced strong opposition to the
suggested Iraqi constitution, saying it serves the "occupation's
"There is nothing called Sunnis wanting the constitution and Shia do
not" Shaikh Hadi al-Khalisi told Aljazeera.net.
The cleric also slammed media reports which presents the situation as
a sectarian conflict.
"Presenting the case in this way is a foreign plot to divide the
nation. Let us put it in other words: Followers of the occupation and
the government of the occupation want the constitution, and Iraqi
nationalists including Shia and Sunni do not want it.">>
>>Call for US withdrawal
Abdul-Salam al-Kubaisi, spokesman for the major Sunni clerical
organisation, the Association of Muslim Scholars, reiterated that any
political process under US occupation "would not serve the interests
Al-Kubaisi asked the US to draw a timetable for exiting Iraq
"This week's constitutional process has paved the way to the partition
of Iraq and wiping out its identity, and it has failed to gain a
national acceptance," al-Kubaisi said.
"We call upon the United States to end its arrogance and not impose
useless political processes on the Iraqi people, and to put a
timetable for its withdrawal from Iraq.">>
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