Three more days.
Iraq’s constitutional committee has moved the draft out of committee and submitted it to the National Assembly. Omar from Iraq the Model provides the details of the day’s events. The Assembly deferred a vote for three days to gain further consensus, and again followed the proper procedure according to Transitional Administrative Law (TAL).
“The Assembly has received the draft from the CDC but because there is a number of issues that still need further discussion and in accordance with clause 61-f of the TAL, voting will be postponed for another 3 days until the leaders of political blocks can reach accord on the few remaining disputed issues” said Hachim Al-Hasani chairman of the Assembly.
Apparently they think that it is in the best of the process to have accord among all the political blocks.
There are positive and negatives in the extension. The easiest path for the supporters of the draft constitition to have taken would have been to take this draft and ram it down the throats of the dissenting parties, as the Shiite and Kurdish coalition maintains a majority of the votes needed to pass it. The Assembly and individual leadership of the various parties understand the import of reaching an agreement. The law has been followed to the letter. The Iraqi people are watching their elected government negotiate in a democratic fashion. And the US is being perceived by Sunni leaders as playing a positive role in assuring consensus is reached.
“Zalmay [Khalilzad, US Ambassador to Iraq] is the boss,” said Saleh Mutlak, a leading Sunni member of the drafting committee, before tonight’s delay. “He’s played a very good role slowing the other parties down, in talking to those who are asking for too much.”
“We are not getting any impression that they are with this side or with that. We feel they are trying to help our side as much as the other side,” said Iyad al-Sammarai, spokesman for the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni political group whose leaders have been arrested by American forces in the past. “I’m sure [the US] has a feeling that if a constitution is approved only by the Shiites and Kurds, they will not get what they want. What they want is stability.”
But the process cannot be extended indefinitely. Consensus must be reached, and reached soon, lest the confidence of the people erode and while the insurgency moves to capitalize on any disagreements. It is imperative an agreement be made within the three day timeframe.
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True! But just watch all of the NY Times terror supporters and their other media cohorts blast all Iraqi progress at all times. They hate being wrong. I often wonder what it is about New York that allows such people as those on the Times Editorial desk to even get outside of the heavily guarded doors of the asylum?
Enjoy most of the articles and comments, but disappointed with this NY-bashing: “what it is about New York that allows such people as those on the Times Editorial desk to even get outside of the heavily guarded doors of the asylum?”
Wouldn’t you agree that New Yorkers have the highest risk of being attacked by terrorists? And didn’t New York policemen, firemen, and citizens exhibit heroism during 9/11?
It’s easy to dismiss New Yorkers as liberal weenies, but considering that they have NOT moved out of the city, continue to endure, and live their lives normally in my mind makes them a lot better than a small population of people who act macho and laugh from the safety of their own homes (with low probabilities of terrorist attacks).
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I will be blunt. All NY Times editorial writers are TOTAL, BLITHERING IDIOTS.
That also applies to the other news media based in New York. Granted, New York has decent people, but NOT in the media.