August 15, 2005
As It Should BeFrom the AP:
Iraq's parliament agreed to a seven-day extension for leaders to complete a draft constitution, after politicians failed to meet a midnight Monday deadline for agreement on the charter.[...]
Kudos to the Iraqi parliament for not bowing to pressure from the White House, which was pushing for a constitution by today's deadline to maintain the impression that things are going as planned.
What good is a constitution if the three major factions -- Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds -- won't recognize it? Settling the crucial issues of federalism, women's rights, the role of Islam and Kurdish autonomy are more important than Bush saving face.
Update: Juan Cole points out that extending the deadline at this late date is unconstitutional, and that parliament should be dissolved and new parliamentary elections held if a new constitutional draft was not approved by today's deadline.
Obviously the logistics required for another election is tremendous and might be the reason why the Iraqi parliament ignored this section of the Transitional Administrative Law. Whether any of the factions raise this point when the final draft doesn't meet their approval remains to be seen.
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