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US envoy calls for equal rights for women in Iraq constitution

The United States inserted itself squarely into the raucous debate over Iraq’s new constitution yesterday when the new ambassador declared that equal rights for women was a fundamental requirement of democracy. In the 11 days Zalmay Khalilzad has been in Iraq, the US envoy has reversed the embassy’s policy of staying in the background of internal Iraqi political disputes, making daily public appearances and pressuring Iraqi politicians in an effort to break the deepening deadlock among constitutional negotiators. Full Story

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