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Iraqi Provincial Law Renews Debate Over Centralization

Whether Iraq’s various regions and provinces should be governed in a more centralized or decentralized manner continues as the focal point of political conflict in the country.
A resident walks past election campaign posters on Baghdad's Saadoun street January 3, 2009. The January 31 local election will apportion 440 seats on local councils that in turn name powerful regional governors.  REUTERS/Saad Shalash (IRAQ) - RTR230LK
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The political conflict in Iraq, even in its most complex stages, has always been related to the bitter struggle surrounding the new form of the state, in particular in terms of the faltering implementation over the years of a decentralized system as provided for in Article 116 of the constitution, regarding the administration of the state.

One may agree with the American researcher Michael Knights that the conflict between “recentralizers” and “decentralizers” is the most substantial challenge facing Iraq's political future.

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