Iraq charter vote finely balanced

Sunni-majority al-Anbar province in western Iraq has rejected the country's draft constitution by 96%, according to electoral official Abdul Husain al-Hindawi.

    The final results should be out by Wednesday

    The result means that the draft charter for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq could be defeated if one more province musters a majority of two-thirds against it, under election rules.

    Officials announced on Saturday that the province of Salah al-Din had rejected the constitution by 81% in the 15 October vote.

    If three of Iraq's 18 provinces vote against the charter with a two-thirds majority, it will be rejected, new elections held and a new draft written.

    The results of a final four provinces - Arbil, Babel, Basra and Nineveh - should be available on Tuesday or Wednesday, senior electoral official Abdul Husain al-Hindawi said on Monday.

    While the first three are expected to easily approve the constitution, Sunni-dominated Nineveh, the capital of the mixed governorate of Mosul, looked set to decide the issue for the entire country.

    SOURCE: AFP


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