A homeland for Christians in Iraq?
A proposed constitution, which could grant Christians a homeland in north Iraq, was condemned by 50 MPs in Iraq’s national parliament, ahead of a planned referendum on it in the autonomous Kurdish region on July 25th. Iraqi MP Ossama al-Nujaifi spoke out against the constitution of Kurdistan as incompatible with the federal one, saying that it would give the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament greater powers than the national one in Baghdad.
The charter attacked by Mr. al-Nujaifi as promoting Kurdish nationalism could also pave the way for a Christian homeland in the region, however. The controversial document formally recognizes the “Chaldean Syriac Assyrian” ethnic group, which many Christians belong to, as well as the right of autonomous rule in areas where one ethnic group forms the majority.