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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Bill allowing reinstatement of ex-Baath party members became law

On February 3, 2008, the Iraqi Presidency Council announced the approval of legislation allowing most former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to be reinstated to public life despite disagreement among the three-member council. The Accountability and Justice Law, passed by the Iraqi parliment earlier that month, had been publicly endorsed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Presidency Council members President Jalal al-Talibani and Vice President Adel Abdul-Madhi. The third member of the council, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, objected to the law. He argued that it would displace new government employees that took their positions after the ouster of the dictatorial Baathist regime in 2003, and would require the dismissal of an additional 7,000 former Baathists from current security forces.

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