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Delay in Iraq constitution vote unlikely to resolve differences

[JURIST] Humam Hammoudi, head of Iraq's constitutional drafting committee [official website], told reporters Tuesday that it was unlikely that the three additional days provided by the National Assembly to settle differences over the charter [JURIST news archive] would be sufficient to solve all the outstanding issues in the proposed draft [partial text, via the Guardian]. The committee deferred a vote on the draft [JURIST report] Monday in an attempt to iron out differences between Sunni Arabs, Shiite Arabs and Kurds [AP backgrounder]. Main sources of conflict include federalism, eliminating Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, and whether some officers of the assembly should be elected by a majority or two-thirds vote. The Sunni members of the drafting committee said Tuesday they were far from agreement and the government and the committee did not abide by an agreement for consensus. AP has more.

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