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Afghanistan: Karzai Says New Constitution To Be Released Within 10 Days

Kabul, 8 October 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai said today that the country's new constitution will be released to the public within 10 days. Karzai made the announcement at a press conference in Kabul with visiting U.S. senators.

Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said he was impressed with the progress Afghanistan was making.

A special Loya Jirga, or grand national assembly, is scheduled for December to approve the constitution, paving the way for presidential elections in June 2004.

Karzai has already said he will stand for election.