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Iraq seeks UN help in drafting constitution

[JURIST] United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced on Tuesday [UN press release] that Iraq has officially asked for UN help in drafting a new permanent constitution [UN press release; JURIST news archive]. Annan acknowledged a letter from Hajim N. Al-Hasani, president of Iraq's Transitional National Assembly, asking for assistance to ensure that a new constitution is in place by August 15, leading to elections in December according to a timetable set down in Iraq's interim constitution, the Transitional Administrative Law [CPA text]. Officials are concerned that a further delay in crafting the new constitution, already put off somewhat by disagreements over the composition of the new Iraqi government, could lead to a power vacuum. UN News Centre has more.

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