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Shiite clerics urge Iraq PM to make Islam basis of Iraqi constitution

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile] met with several of the country's leading Shiite clerics in the city of Najaf Friday to discuss issues surrounding the Iraqi constitution. Jaafari said after a discussion with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that the senior Shiite celeric "does not want to impose dictation on drafting the constitution, but according to my knowledge he hopes that Islam become the main source of legislation." The same general position was reiterated by fiery junior cleric Muqtada al-Sadr [EIN news archive], a stern opponent of US policy in Iraq, who also told reporters that all Iraqis should participate in the constitution-making process, although he said he himself would not do so while US troops remained in the country. AP has more.

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