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Iraq may adopt Malaysia's Constitution

Iraq may adopt Malaysia's constitution to rebuild the war-torn nation, says chairman of the country's Constitution Review Committee.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2007 16:13 IST

Finding it best among other models, Iraq may adopt Malaysia's constitution to rebuild the war-torn nation.

"Iraq wants to rebuild the nation despite the presence of foreign forces in the country to regain its sovereignty which has been affected to a certain extent," Iraq's Constitution Review Committee Chairman Sheikh Humam Hammoudi said on Wednesday in the northern state of Penang.

The committee found the Malaysian constitution best among others as the country gives equal political, social and religious rights to the three races (Malaysian, Chinese and Indian) present in the country, although a power-sharing agreement has ensured that a Malay party dominates the ruling coalition.

"Our trip to Malaysia is an eye-opener as to how Malaysia's multi-racial population live and work together in unity," he said.

Hammoudi said Iraq was trying to emulate a multi-racial leadership system by appointing its president from the Kurdish ethnic group, the prime minister from Shia and speaker from the Sunni group, Bernama reported.

Iraq's new parliament was sworn in recently with parties still deadlocked over the next government and the country under the shadow of a feared civil war.

First Published: Feb 15, 2007 16:13 IST