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Disqualified candidates spark controversy in Iraq

Newly issued judicial decisions, which prevent certain persons from running in the upcoming elections due to outstanding lawsuits against them, have caused a heated debate in Iraq.
(L-R) Iraqi Transportation Minister Hadi al-Amiri, Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari attend the joint Iraqi-Kuwaiti committee meeting in Baghdad, April 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Pool (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR31DMN
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The newly issued judicial decisions disqualifying election candidates in Iraq have reopened the debate on the standards of justice and equal opportunity for candidates.

This time the controversy was accompanied by a debate on the loose mechanisms preventing those covered by the de-Baathification measures from running in the elections, after the judicial committee, which is associated with the Independent High Electoral Commission, issued a resolute and unappealable decision against a group of current members of parliament and ministers. This group includes Rafi al-Issawi from the Mutahidoun bloc, Abdul Dhiab al-Ojailim member of the Iraqiya List, Jawad al-Shahyla and Sabah al-Saadi from the al-Ahrar movement and Mithal al-Alusi of the Civil Movement.

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