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U.S. Voices Concern on Direction of Iraq Charter

A draft of the constitution published Tuesday in the daily newspaper Al Sabah gave some indication of why the Bush administration might have reason to worry. The document proposes an explicitly Islamic state with a strong Shiite Muslim identity and less progressive laws for women than existed under Saddam Hussein. It also would give sweeping powers and potentially considerable oil revenue to newly created federal regions to use as they see fit. Those provisions, critics say, could deepen the country’s ethnic and sectarian divides. Full Story

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