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Iraq constitution committee requesting 30-day extension

[JURIST] Iraq's constitutional drafting committee [official website] announced Sunday that it will submit a formal request to the Iraqi National Assembly Monday to extend the committe's current August 1 draft due date by 30 days. The committee was expected to submit a draft to the National Assembly on August 1, which in turn had until August 15 to approve the draft and present to voters for an October 15 referendum. Committee member Bahaa al-Araji told reporters that Kurdish members originally requested a six month extension as provided for in the country's Transitional Administrative Law to work out major disputes, including issues of federalism, dual nationality and the role of Islam [JURIST report]. The extension request comes after several setbacks, including a five-day Sunni delegate boycott, and increasing violence in the region. It is not clear if the extension request will impact voter registration for the October poll scheduled to begin August 1 [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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