BREAKING NEWS ~ Agreement reached on Iraq constitution, ready for referral to parliament

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Shiite member of Iraq's constitutional committee [official website] is saying that an agreement, on all but two issues, will be referred to Iraq's National Assembly. As of Monday morning, the committee charged with drafting the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] had reached agreement on most of the contested issues, but had not yet resolved questions of federalism [JURIST report], the role of Islam and certain other issues. The draft constitution must be submitted to the National Assembly by the end of the day or an extension of the drafting period must be approved by parliament, the president, and his two deputies.

1:38 PM ET - Nasar al-Rubaie has said that the draft constitution will be handed over to the National Assembly late Monday evening, leaving the parliament to resolve the two outstanding, and so far undisclosed, issues. AP has more.

2:14 PM ET - Al-Rubaie has identified the two remaining issues as women's rights and self-determination and a Kurdish demand for increased autonomy with the right to secede in the future. Another Shiite member of parliament, Jalaldin al-Saghir, confirmed that there had been agreement on a draft constitution, but did not identify the remaining issues, saying only that "There are two points that the National Assembly will have to solve." AP has more.

3:32 PM ET - In a conflicting report, AP is now reporting that Barhem Saleh, Iraq's minister of planning, told Al-Arabiyah TV late Friday evening that it was not possible to reach a full agreement on a draft constitution and that a postponement of 7-10 days would be sought. Saleh told reporters that the drafting committee agreed to extend the discussion period for up to 10 more days and that if an agreement is not reached, the National Assembly will be dissolved and there will be new general elections. AP has more.



 

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