Top U.S. official in Iraq vows to block interim constitution that makes Islam chief source of law
The top U.S. official in Iraq said on Monday that he would block any interim constitution that would make Islam the chief source of law, as some members of the Iraqi Governing Council have sought.
L. Paul Bremer said the current draft of the constitution would make Islam the state religion of Iraq and "a source of inspiration for the law" - as opposed to the main source.
Asked what would happen if Iraqi leaders wanted to write into the constitution that Islamic sharia law is the principal basis of the law, Bremer suggested he would wield his veto. "Our position is clear. It can't be law until I sign it."
Under U.S. plans, a permanent constitution would not be drawn up and voted on until 2005. (Albawaba.com)
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