Sudan forms constitution committee

Sudan forms constitution committee

[JURIST] In an effort to implement a peace deal [highlights] between Khartoum and southern rebels that formally ended a 21-year civil war, Sudan [JURIST news archive] has formed a committee to draft an interim constitution. The constitution would clear the way for a unified Sudanese government and mark the beginning of the six-year interim period called for in the accord signed in Nairobi in January [JURIST report]. Important issues that must be addressed are wealth distribution, state and religion, ethnic diversity, and self-determination for the south. The sixty-member National Constitutional Review Committee will now begin the compromise process and members of both the Sudanese government [official website] in Khartoum and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement [official website] expect the interim constitution to be in place in July 2005. AFP has more.