03/28/2008 02:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Iraqi Consitution Impasse Centers Around Federalism, Islam, Resources, Kirkuk...

The 71-member panel drafting Iraq's post-Saddam Hussein constitution failed to meet a Monday deadline to complete the charter. Main points of dispute:

The Kurds have been the most vocal in arguing for a strongly decentralized federal state that would safeguard their gains in three provinces in northern Iraq. Sunni Arabs, who see themselves as the historical glue for Iraqi unity, have resisted federalism as a ruse for eventual Kurdish independence. Shiite religious leaders have wavered on such decentralization. Some favor the idea that Shiite regions of the south form a federated region.

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