BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament reversed on Wednesday a ruling that would have helped a new constitution win approval, hoping to appease minority Sunnis after the United Nations warned it might refuse to endorse the referendum vote.
Many Sunnis had complained of double standards in Sunday's ruling that defined the word "voters" in two different ways in one sentence of the interim constitution, to the disadvantage of Sunnis hoping for a blocking "No" vote in three provinces.
"They have reversed their decision as we had hoped they would," said U.N. spokesman Said Arikat in Baghdad.
"No one asked us about it," Sunni politician Saadoun al-Zubaidi said. "If it had not been for the United Nations, nothing would have changed."
Hussain al-Shahristani, the Shi'ite deputy speaker, insisted that parliament had acted on its own initiative.
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