The Iraqi people should reject the new constitution as it could not lead them to a good life in the future, a visiting senior Iraqi official was quoted as saying by local media on Thursday.
"The results should be a big No," said Iraqi Minister of Industry and Minerals Usama Abdul Aziz Al-Najafi, who is a Sunni leader, when asked to comment on the coming referendum scheduled for Saturday in his country.
Usama, who arrived here to attend the Malaysia-Iraq Joint Commission meeting, made the remarks in an interview with the Bernama news agency.
On the question whether Iraq could attract foreign direct investment and moves to open economy, Usama said the economic progress depended on the political process.
"If political progress does not succeed, all economic and social progresses will be delayed," Usama said.
He added that, should stability and security prevail in his country, the Iraqis could storm the weather as Iraq was short of neither natural resources nor human resources.
Usama also expressed the hope that the Malaysia-Iraq Joint Commission meeting, which will open Friday, will help to further enhance the ties between the two countries.