The Iraqi National Assembly voted unanimously to extend the deadline for Iraq’s new constitution until August 22. President Jalal Talabani formally requested the extension.
There are still several unresolved issues: among those, the role of Islam in the constitution. Sources tell us that there has been some progress on equality under the law for women. One quarter of the National Assembly and other positions of power will be set aside for women. But women’s groups will be keeping the pressure on to ensure Shari’a isn’t the sole source for law. For more about FDD’s efforts on this, please click here and here.