This seems to be the big-picture story in Iraq:
Sunni Arab politicians, meanwhile, expressed anger over remarks by Iraq’s most powerful Shiite politician suggesting that the new constitution, approved in October, would not be amended….
A key Sunni demand is weaker federalism and a stronger central government. The constitution now gives most power â€” including control over oil profits â€” to provincial governments. The Shiites in the south and the Kurds in the north control nearly all of Iraq’s oil.
To win their support, Sunni Arabs were promised they could propose amendments to the constitution in the first four months of the new parliament.
“We, the Iraqi Accordance Front and other lists will not bow to any kind of blackmail from any party and we will stand shoulder-to-shoulder to defend Iraq,” al-Dulaimi told The Associated Press.
Another prominent Sunni Arab politician, Saleh al-Mutlaq of the National Dialogue Front, agreed.
“If they do not accept key amendments to the country’s new constitution, including the regions issue, then let them work alone and divide the country, as for us we do not accept this,” al-Mutlaq told the AP by phone from Amman, Jordan.