Iraqi govt asks parliament to ban Baath party, symbols

The Iraqi government on Monday asked parliament to make Baath party a crime.

Iraqi govt asks parliament to ban Baath party, symbols

The Iraqi government on Monday asked parliament to make Baath party a crime as tensions simmered over the banning of hundreds of candidates from a March election.

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 Baath 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 Baath party symbol, and called for the full implementation of a committee's recommendation to replace statues and murals from Saddam's days.

The Baath party was originally established in Syria to promote secular Arab nationalism. Its Syrian and Iraqi branches split in the 1950s and the Iraqi branch ruled Iraq under Saddam.

Joe Biden, US Vice President in a country that led an invasion into Iraq, said during a visit to Baghdad last week that the United States supported attempts to prevent Saddam's Baath party from returning to power.


Agencies

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