Iraqi draft constitution said finalized, sent to UN for printing

[JURIST] Last-minute amendments to Iraq's draft constitution [JURIST news archive] were finalized Wednesday, according to National Assembly deputy speaker Hussein al-Shahristani, who said the final document has been given to the UN for printing and distribution to the Iraqi people. Changes were made to the draft after Sunni Arabs rejected a draft [JURIST report] that had been approved by Shiites and Kurds. Additions include clarifying Iraq's commitment to the Arab League [official website] charter, the management of water resources by the central government as opposed to provincial authorities, and giving the prime minister two deputies in his cabinet. However, Sunnis are unlikely to be satisfied with the changes as they do not effectively address other concerns [JURIST document] including the references to Saddam Hussein's party and the description of Iraq as a Muslim rather than an Arab country, which Sunnis warned could lead to the disintegration of Iraq. AP has more. KUNA has local coverage.

 

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