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Iraq Constitution Committee Considers Extension for Completing Draft

Members of an Iraqi committee charged with drafting a new constitution are meeting Sunday to consider requesting an extension for drawing up the document.

The committee is facing a Monday deadline for making such a request to parliament, or the current date of August 15 stands as the day Iraq's National Assembly must approve the charter to face a national referendum in mid-October.

Ahead of today's meeting, committee Chairman Humam Hammoudi is reported by Associated Press to have said he would recommend that the group ask for an additional 30 days to complete a draft document. Other committee members say no decision has yet been made.

Iraqi legislators have been grappling over constitutional issues such as federalism, dual nationality and the role of Islam.

U.S. officials have been pushing Iraq to move ahead with the constitution.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.