Thursday, August 25, 2005

Constitution delay watch

Another delay. In some ways, this isn't really news. So the US is helping them write the constitution. See Raed's comments in the post just below for how many apparently think about this.
The National Assembly today called off a meeting that was scheduled to decide on the draft constitution, the Speaker's office said, and no new date for the meeting was immediately announced.

A vote on the document was originally deferred Monday by the Speaker, Hajim al-Hassani, who said three days of talks would be held to try to win over Sunni Arab negotiators.

It appears, however, that no agreement has been reached so far with the Sunnis on the question of federalism, which would essentially set up powerful local regions instead of a strong central government.

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