saddam to declare candidacy for iraqi elections
Saddam to Declare Candidacy for Iraqi Elections
Overthrown Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was
arrested by US forces last December, reportedly plans
to run as a candidate in the Iraqi elections scheduled
for January 2005.
Saddam's lawyer Giovanni di Stefano told Denmark's
B.T. newspaper that Saddam decided during one of their
discussions that he would declare his candidacy for
Stefano said that there was no law that prevented
Saddam from appearing on the ballot. He added that
Saddam hopes to regain his presidency and palaces via
the democratic process.
Contrary to the statements of Iraqi Interim Prime
Minister Iyad Allawi, Stefano claims, "Saddam has no
chance to be tried before the elections. Moreover, no
international law prevents him from coming forward."
Saddam's lawyer defends that the ambiguity in Iraq
will favor Saddam at the polls. Stefano remarked that
a recent Gallup poll indicates that 42 percent of the
Iraqi people want their former leader back.
Meanwhile, evaluating the conditions of Saddam in
jail, Allawi said that Saddam had asked him for mercy.
- "If there were to be an area where the extremists focused during the
election period, and an election was not possible in that area at
that time, so be it. You have the rest of the election and you go
on. Life's not perfect. But in some places you couldn't because the
violence was too great. Well, so be it. Nothing's perfect in life,
so you have an election that's not quite perfect. Is it better than
not having an election? You bet," the defence secretary said.
Of course, he was ridiculed on Jon Stewart the other night.