[JURIST] Iraqi leaders Friday put off a high-level constitutional meeting for two days while the Iraqi Kurdistan National Assembly [official website] convened in an emergency session and consultations between major players continued. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [Wikipedia profile] had called the constitutional summit in order to break a deadlock regarding issues such as federalism and the potential influence of Islamic law [JURIST report]. Leaders in Kurdish areas had called their delegates back to discuss recent comments made in Baghdad about issues important to the Kurdish constituency. Doubts have arisen over the ability of Iraq's constitutional committee to meet the August 15 deadline [JURIST report] of the permanent Iraqi constitution. AFP has more.