However, national elections in Iraq, originally
scheduled to take place this month, but postponed until March 7, rather
than possibly bringing greater stability to war-torn Iraq, now threaten
to reignite a powder keg of political tensions that has been simmering
Last week, the Shiite-sectarian political power
brokers in Baghdad, led by US-appointed Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki,
used the so-called Iraq Accountability and Justice Commission (AJC), (a
remnant group of the former De-Baathification Commission set up by L.
Paul Bremer, the US czar of Iraq during the first year of the
occupation and led by Ahmed Chalabi), on January 7 to ban at least 14
largely Sunni political parties and political figures from the upcoming
vote due to supposed links to the Baath Party, which has long since
been banned in Iraq.
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