Saturday, January 12, 2008

Iraq relaxes restrictions on former Ba'th Party members

This is one of the reconciliation measures that has been called for by the Iraq Study Group and President Bush. It has been a long time coming but you can't force these things, they have to occur naturally.

BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament voted Saturday to allow some former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to reclaim government jobs and said others could receive pensions but could not return to work. President Bush said the legislation was "an important step toward reconciliation."

The long-delayed bill is the first of several major changes in Iraqi law sought by the Bush administration with the goal of easing ethnic and religious tensions. The 275-seat parliament is still deadlocked over how to share the country's oil profits, constitutional amendments demanded by minority Sunni Arabs, and a bill spelling out rules for local elections.

So I guess once again Nancy Pelosi is behind the tide of history.

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