Thursday, January 31, 2008

Iraq VP says won't sign off on key Baath party law

BAGHDAD, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Iraq's Presidency Council is unlikely to sign off on a new law that would give thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party their old jobs back, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi said on Thursday.

Iraq's parliament passed the bill on Jan. 12, winning praise for making headway on the first of a series of key measures that Washington has sought to promote national reconciliation.

Hashemi, a Sunni Arab, said the bill was flawed because it meant many people appointed to fill jobs after the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003 would be forced out of those positions to allow ex-Baathists to return.

"We cannot regard this law as a step in the national reconciliation process," Hashemi told Reuters in an interview.

"It is not only me who objects to signing it, but the whole Presidency Council," he added.

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