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Iraq Leaders Optimistic Over Constitution

A day after failing to meet their deadline, Iraqi leaders expressed confidence Tuesday they would overcome differences over key issues like the role of Islam and the power of regional governments and finish the new constitution by next week. Parliament voted Monday to give negotiators until Aug. 22 to try to draft the charter. The delay was a strong rebuff of President Bush’s insistence that the initial deadline be met, even if some issues were unresolved, to maintain political momentum and blunt Iraq’s deadly insurgency. But the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said agreement was close and he was optimistic that a deal could be reached by the new Aug. 22 deadline.Full Story

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