Thursday, January 21, 2010

Iraqi Supreme Court to investigate legality of bans

BBC: "Iraq's President Jalal Talabani has asked the country's Supreme Court to settle a political dispute ahead of national elections on 7 March.

President Talabani's request comes after the Justice and Accountability Commission barred about 500 candidates from running in the elections.

Mr Talabani says that the commission's decision might not be legal as it has not been approved by parliament.

The body said some of those banned had ties to the outlawed Baath party.

The Justice and Accountability Commission is responsible for ensuring the Baath party, once led by Saddam Hussein, does not make a comeback in Iraqi politics."

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