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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.zaman.org/?bl=international&alt=&trh=20040921&hn=12424 Saddam to Declare Candidacy for Iraqi Elections Overthrown Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 28, 2004
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      http://www.zaman.org/?bl=international&alt=&trh=20040921&hn=12424
      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
      the elections.

      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.
    • Ram Lau
      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
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 29, 2004
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        "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.

        Ram
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