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BREAKING NEWS ~ Iraqi constitution draft to be submitted to parliament shortly

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Shiite member of the committee writing the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] has said that a draft has been completed and will be submitted to the National Assembly shortly, despite ongoing Sunni reservations about federalism.

3:23 PM ET - Sunni negotiators are denying that an agreement has been reached on the draft constitution. Meanwhile, a Shiite committee member has said that his group would oppose a Sunni request for an additional extension of the deadline to submit the draft to parliament. Under the current deadline, a draft must be presented to the National Assembly by midnight local time (4 PM ET) Monday.

3:30 PM ET - From Baghdad, the Iraq the Model weblog reports that the National Assembly convened at 11:20 PM local time.

3:49 PM ET - CNN is reporting that Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi has said that a final draft constitution is ready to be submitted to parliament. According to Iraq the Model monitoring of Iraqi television, the Iraqi prime minister and president have joined the National Assembly session and have received copies of the draft.

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