Plan for Southern Confederation Advances
Al-Hayat: Twenty-five political, social and religious personalities met to create the “Project for the Southern Confederation,” that would unite Basra, Amara and Nasiriyya provinces in accordance with the loose federalism prescribed by the Temporary Administrative Law. Baqir Yasin of Basra was named the secretary-general of the Confederation.
The scheme will be presented to parliament, and if accepted there, will be put to a referendum. The officials insisted that the plan forms no danger to Iraqi national unity. ONe said, “We are clinging to a united, pluralistic Iraq.”
The three provinces appear to be proposing that they be merged into a super-province, similar to the demands the Kurds are making for a Kurdistan province.