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The Un-De-Baathification of Iraq

•, by Jason Ditz
 Iraq’s cabinet has proposed sweeping changes to the law, aimed at barring Saddam-era loyalists from serving in government. The changes would allow lower level former members of the Baath Party to apply for jobs and receive pensions.

Perhaps the most important change would be a time limit, allowing the De-Baathification “Justice and Accountability Commission” to blacklist people only until the end of this year, after which time no one who isn’t already on the list can be discriminated against under the law.

This was a huge problem during the 2010 elections, during which the Justice and Accountability Commission not only banned several Sunni candidates just before the election, but then retroactively took seats away from elected MPs by applying the law to them after the vote.

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