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Iraqi constitution committee leader to be announced Tuesday

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Hummam Hammoudi, a Shiite Muslim cleric who is a senior aide in the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq [Global Security.com backgrounder], will likely be announced as head of the Iraqi constitution committee. The formal announcement is expected Tuesday during a meeting of the National Assembly [Wikipedia profile]. It is also expected that legislator Fouad Massoum, a Kurd, and Sunni Arab legislator Adnan al-Janabi, will be named as Hammoudi's deputies. The appointment of a Sunni deputy is a positive move toward more Sunni inclusion [JURIST report] in both the government and in the process to draft the constitution [JURIST news archive]. Under the Transitional Administrative Law [text], the constitution must be drawn up by mid-August and put to a nationwide referendum by October. Earlier this month, the National Assembly appointed [JURIST report] a 55-member committee of legislators from Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish groups to draw up the charter. AP has more.

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