Saturday, May 01, 2004

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Press conference: Rumsfeld announces new Iraqi leader

Faced with increasing violence and chaos across Iraq as the June 30 deadline for handing over to an Iraqi government, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today announced the re-hiring of deposed Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. Standing next to a beaming Saddam at a surprise press conference in Baghdad, Rumsfeld said that bringing Mr. Hussein back "would help Iraqis make the transition to self-rule and democracy."

The shock move follows the decision last week by the head of the US occupation authority in Iraq, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, to lift the ban on former members of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath party holding government jobs. Thousands of former Ba'athists are expected to return to work as civil servants, schoolteachers and police. Iraq's US appointed defence minister even reappointed three of Saddam's former generals to top posts in the new Iraqi army.


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