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Iraqi draft constitution ready for printing

[JURIST] An Iraqi official has confirmed that the draft Iraqi constitution [English translation; JURIST news archive] will be sent to printers Thursday so that almost 5 million copies of the draft can be printed and distributed to citizens in advance of an October 15 referendum. Baha al-Araji, deputy head of Iraq's Constitution Committee [official website], said that the version to be printed contains no changes from the draft submitted to parliament on August 28, but Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [Wikipedia profile] said the final version contains one revision to satisfy an Arab League request that the constitution refer to the Iraq's role as a founder of the pan-Arab group. Government officials plan to distribute copies of the final draft to all Iraqi households prior to the October referendum alongside monthly food ration allocations. As printing arrangements are finalized, Iraqi street vendors have begun selling pirated copies [AP report]. The UK Press Association has more.

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