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Iraqi council agrees federalist constitution

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    Iraqi council agrees federalist constitution http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FD7F7B9A-98A4-48A1-AC80-3961308752FF.htm Monday 01 March 2004, 7:53 Makka
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      Iraqi council agrees federalist constitution
      http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FD7F7B9A-98A4-48A1-AC80-3961308752FF.htm

      Monday 01 March 2004, 7:53 Makka Time, 4:53 GMT

      Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council has agreed on an interim constitution and plans to have it
      signed and sealed within three days.

      The 25-member US-appointed council had previously missed a 28 February deadline to strike a deal
      amid divisions over Islamic law, Kurdish autonomy demands and women in government.

      One council spokesman confirmed: "Islam will be the official religion of the state and it will be a
      source ... of legislation."

      "Federalism also has been approved as a form of government," he said, adding details of the
      agreement would be announced on Wednesday.

      The constitution is to provide a framework for an interim government set to take power on 30 June
      from the US-led administration in Baghdad.

      The council brings together leaders from Iraq's various ethnic and religious groups - comprising of
      Shia, Sunnis, Kurds and Turkmen.

      Heated discussions

      "Islam will be the official religion of the state and it will be a source ... of legislation.
      Federalism also has been approved as a form of government"

      Iraqi Governing Council spokesman
      During discussions on Friday, several Shia members of the council walked out, angered by the
      cancellation of a previous ruling that would have made divorce and inheritance subject to the
      rulings of religious law.

      Other sticking points had included defining the role of women in a future government, with some
      council members pushing for the constitution to set out a specific quota for the number of female
      representatives or parliamentarians.

      There had also been furious debate over federalism, with the Kurds, who have effectively had
      self-rule in three northern provinces of Iraq since the 1991 Gulf war, pushing to enshrine that
      autonomy in the document.

      Before Monday's announcement, an official in the US-led administration said occupation administrator
      Paul Bremer was unlikely to use his veto powers on a constitutional deal.

      Officials said the negotiations were spirited and at times heated, but always respectful.
      Reuters
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