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  Iraqi constitution almost agreed
Updated 07 March 2004, 14.47
An Iraqi constitution could be close
A very important step in getting people living in Iraq to start running their own country could happen soon.

One of the people helping to govern Iraq at the moment says a temporary constitution could be agreed on Monday.

The constitution is a set of rules that will tell Iraqi politicians how to run the country until elections can be held to let Iraqis vote for their leaders.

It's been very hard to get the set of rules agreed because different people in Iraq want different things.

Everyone expected the constitution to be signed on Friday
Everyone expected the constitution to be signed on Friday
The Shia muslims weren't happy with the first attempt at the constitution and wanted changes made to it.

Around 60% of the people living in Iraq are Shia, so it is very important they agree with the new rules.

The constitution was expected to be agreed and signed on Friday, but late problems mean it will have to wait.

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