A Federal Iraq
Iraq's parliament has passed a law allowing the formation of Federal Regions in Iraq. Emphasis is mine.
The Shiite-dominated parliament Wednesday passed a law allowing the formation of federal regions in Iraq, despite opposition from Sunni lawmakers and some Shiites who say it will dismember the country and fuel sectarian violence. ... The federalism law sets up a system for allowing provinces to join together into autonomous regions that would hold considerable self-rule powers, a right given to them under the constitution adopted last year in a national referendum. ...
Sunni Arabs largely voted against the constitution passed in 2005 because it outlined the federal system. The law outlines a process for forming regions, requiring any province considering joining a region to hold a referendum, if a third of the provincial legislators request it.
Westhawk has comments. I've pointed out several times in the past that a Federal System for Iraq is not some new idea recently come to light as suggested by some newspaper reports. It is an organic part of the Iraqi constitution as ratified in 2005. Whether or not Federalism will be good for Iraq is a subject for debate. But I hope the recent passage of this law settles the factual question of whether Federalism was intended for Iraq under its Constitution.