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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

On the Iraqi Constitution

The proposed Iraqi Constitution now sounds much better than the example leaked in July.

Key Points
1) The Regions are supreme, and the 18 provinces may form themselves into Regions. The only functioning proto-Region at present is Kurdistan.
2) Regions will have their own internal 'Regional Guards', and at least in the case of Kurdistan the national Iraqi Army is prevented from interfering in local affairs.
3) Laws of Regions will outweigh Federal Laws in many situations. You'll have to read the posts linked below to explore the questions of balance between Islamic law at a Federal level and the laws of Regions.
4) Revenues from presently exploited natural resources must be split by population; use of presently unexploited resources will be determined by Regional law.
5) The supposed Islamic component of the Federal Constitution is heavily balanced by specific acceptance of womens rights and the requirement that implementation of Islamic law not contradict rights already awarded by the Constitution.

More Reading
Publius Pundit: Perspective on Islam in Iraq's Constitution
normblog: Brendan O'Leary on the Iraqi constitution
Jeff Goldstein: Maybe the Iraqis ARE getting it, after all...?
Michael Totten: Draft of Iraqi Constitution is Islamist (he changes his mind after reading the source text)

Associated Press: Partial text of Iraqi Constitution

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 8/24/2005 06:22:00 PM


Blogger Ackers1 said...

Just wonderful and as completely meaningless as Good News from Iraq. Maybe you could take a leaf out of Blumenthal's book and ask some relevant questions.


As Woolcott notes of the neocons who aint sounding quite so triumphalist these days.

"The fact is that Ledeen and his neocons got the war they wanted, it was waged according to their blueprints, and it's their fuck-up, their moral responsibility, their historical bloodstain, their arrogant, ignorant, blundering, inexcusable mess."

Then again you could keep on telling us how grand it is....

8/25/2005 09:21:00 PM  

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