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Allawi warns against Ba'ath Party ban

[JURIST] Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi [CBC profile] Thursday warned the Shiite coalition victorious in last month's election [JURIST report] against banning the Ba'ath Party [Wikipedia entry; 2002 Le Monde backgrounder in English] formerly associated with Saddam Hussein from any involvement in government, saying that would cause even greater upheaval and unrest in the region. In an AP interview, Allawi appealed for national unity, and urged the Shiite grouping to exercise restraint in implementing its policies in the name of peace and stability as the nation embarks on democracy. AP has more.

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