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Signing of Iraqi Charter Is Delayed by Shiite Objections

The scheduled signing of a previously approved interim constitution for Iraq was delayed indefinitely today after five Shiite members of the Iraqi Governing Council rejected wording that dealt with the Kurds and the proposed setup of the presidency. The council unanimously agreed to the accord on Monday. But an official on the council said today that the changes being called for were necessary if they were to gain the acceptance of Iraq’s leading Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Full Story

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