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Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Iraq

Iraq seeks to ban glorifying Baath party, symbols | Reuters

Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Iraq 47%

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The Iraqi government on Monday asked parliament to make glorifying Saddam Hussein's outlawed Ba'ath party a crime as tensions simmered over the banning of hundreds of candidates from a March election. The list of candidates barred from the March seven vote because of Baathist ties enraged minority Sunnis, who dominated Iraq under Saddam because they felt it targeted them and was an attempt by majority Shi'ites to marginalise their community.

The list actually included more Shi'ite politicians than Sunnis and around fifty of the 511 names on it were removed because they were found to have been wrongly included. But questions about the legality of the committee that picked the names and the opaque manner in which it did so have raised fears the election may deepen Iraq's sectarian divide, not heal it, just as violence begins to fade.

Coordinated assaults on Monday by suspected Sunni Islamist suicide bombers on three Baghdad hotels were a reminder that security gains remain fragile. More than 30 people died. As the election controversy continued, the government's National Media Centre said the cabinet had asked parliament to add to the Iraqi criminal code a clause making it a crime to praise Saddam's Ba'ath party or to promote its ideas.

It asked lawmakers to criminalise symbols associated with the party, presumably including a map of Arab countries united in one homeland that was Saddam's Ba'ath party symbol, and called for the full implementation of a committee's recommendation to replace statues and murals from Saddam's days. The cabinet also called for security forces to be on the lookout for statements justifying or promoting Saddam's Baath party and for calls for sectarianism or anti-Shi'ite extremism.

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By Aseel Kami

 

 

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