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Drafting Iraq's Constitution



Drafting Iraq's Constitution
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     challenging words:    banned, citizenship, interim, minority, non-religious, majority, committee, writing, religion, speedy, deadline, defeat, country, beginning, favor, overrule
     content words:    Coalition Provisional Authority, Governing Council, Transitional Administrative Law, National Assembly, Presidency Council, Prime Minister, Supreme Court, On June


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Drafting Iraq's Constitution
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     Iraq has been a country for a long time. Now they are a new kind of country. They need new rules. That is why they are writing a constitution. It all began on May 16, 2003. The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) was formed. They helped set up the Governing Council (GC) in July. Iraq was ready to take control of the country. The CPA and GC made a plan for Iraq. Soon, all government power was under Iraqi control. The plan was the start of the new constitution for the country.
 
2     The first thing the Governing Council did was make laws for Iraq. The laws are called the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL). The TAL is the highest law in Iraq for right now. It formed the plan for the interim government. It also tells the process for writing the constitution. The TAL took effect on March 8, 2004.
 
3     Much of what is in the TAL will be the new constitution. It makes sure the people have equal rights. The TAL says Iraq will have freedom of religion. It also gives free speech. The press is also free. The people can own private property. They have the right to privacy. Trials will be speedy and fair. People will not be arrested without a reason. Torture and heavy punishment have been banned. The right to bear arms will be subject to licensing. Citizenship is carefully explained. The TAL is the beginning of Iraq's constitution.

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