The Iraqi parliament voted to amend the interim constitution to allow the permanent constitution to be presented for a vote on August 22 rather than Aug. 15. That gives negotiators one more week to work out a deal.
The one-week extension is clever, since it avoids the dissolution of parliament and it keeps the pressure on the various parties to agree.
It is not clear, however, what difference a week will make.
I suppose they could serially amend the interim constitution to allow further delays, but at some point this procedure will begin to look silly.
Anyway, one cliff-hanger is over, and now yet another one begins.