Constitution Passes

CONSTITUTION PASSES….It’s official. Iraq has a new constitution:

According to the vote tallies released by officials here, more than 78 percent of the voters nationwide approved the constitution.

….A majority of voters in three of Iraq’s 18 provinces voted against the constitution, but one of them failed to reach the two-thirds threshold ? a veto provision designed to protect Iraq’s minority communities. In Anbar province, 96 percent of those casting ballots voted against the referendum, and 81 percent rejected it in Salahaddin. But in the key swing province of Nineveh, 56 percent voted against the constitution ? about 10 percentage points short of what was necessary to kill the charter.

Complete results by province (via the BBC) are below the fold.

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