Wednesday, October 05, 2005

So you say you want a constitution (version 2.0)

Anyone getting the song reference on this one?

The Iraqi National Assembly overturned their earlier re-definition of the referendum after international pressure and common sense weighed in, New York Times.

The fact that elsewhere in the legislation the term "voters" referred to actual ballots cast had prompted accusations of an unfair double standard that violated the intent of the law. "When there is a contradiction on two different interpretations within one text, that would become an issue," St├ęphane Dujarric, a spokesman for Secretary General Kofi Annan, said in a news conference at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.

But the assembly's true colors have been displayed.

Sunni political leaders expressed relief at the result of Wednesday's vote, but fumed afterward that the issue never should have been raised in the first place.

"We've had a little fiasco in the national assembly," said Sadoon al-Zubaidy, a Sunni who was included on the constitutional committee. "It seems to be over."


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