Iraq: Top Shiite cleric agrees on interim constitution

Published March 8th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Iraq's top cleric signaled to Shiite leaders that he won't object to an interim constitution, clearing the way for the charter to be signed Monday without changes. 


The agreement, central to US schemes to hand power to Iraqis, comes following talks between Iraqi Governing Council members and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, who had reservations about giving Iraq's Kurdish minority too much power.  


Shiite politicians, who days earlier had refused to sign the constitution because of al-Sistani's opposition to certain clauses, said after talks with the cleric Sunday that they would sign the document unchanged. (

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