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Iraqi Leaders Clear Impasse on Constitution

Breaking an impasse that had threatened to delay the drafting of a new constitution, a mostly Shiite and Kurdish constitutional committee met with and formally accepted today 15 Sunni Arab politicians who had been lobbying to join the committee. In the fortified convention center by the Tigris River, the head of the constitutional committee, Humam al-Hamoudi, announced in the morning that the committee had decided to accept 15 names offered up by Sunni Arab groups as co-writers of the constitution. The move gives the Sunnis a greater voice in the drafting, since there were only two Sunni Arabs on the 55-member committee. Full Story

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