Fri, Sep 09, 2005 - Page 7 News List

Oct. 15 set as date for referendum on draft constitution


Iraq has decided to hold a referendum on the country's draft constitution on Oct. 15, the head of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq said yesterday.

"We studied a decision made by the National Assembly suggesting that Oct. 15 be the date of the referendum, we agreed on that and the date is set," Hussein al-Hindawi said.

The draft, adopted by the Shiite- and Kurdish-dominated parliament despite objections from some Sunni Arabs, was on its way to the printers and will later be circulated among Iraqi voters, officials said.

Meanwhile, a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives-laden black BMW in the center of Baghdad yesterday, targeting a passing convoy of private US security agents. Three passers-by were injured, but there were no casualties in the three-vehicle convoy, a police spokesman said.

Police also found 14 unidentified bodies at several locations near Mahmoudiya, about 30km south of Baghdad, a spokesman said yesterday.

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