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BREAKING NEWS ~ Iraqi parliament convenes to consider constitution

[JURIST] Iraq's National Assembly has just convened its Monday evening session to consider Iraq's draft constitution [JURIST news archive]. As reported earlier today on JURIST's Paper Chase, there have been conflicting reports over whether an agreement on the draft has actually been reached. Nasar al-Rubaie, a Shiite lawmaker, has said that there has been an agreement on all but two issues which will be submitted to the parliament for consideration. Barhem Saleh, a Kurdish minister, has said that the drafting committee will ask for an additional 7-10 days to finish writing the charter. BBC News has more.

3:51 PM ET - AP is now reporting that the National Assembly speaker has called on members to allow a one-week extension to allow Iraq's constitutional committee [official website] more time to finish its work.

3:55 PM ET - Fox News is reporting that the Iraqi parliament has voted to allow a seven-day extension to finish the draft constitution.

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