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Former Iraq Baathists skeptical of law

Former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party were skeptical Sunday of a new law enabling them to reclaim government jobs, saying they feared it might be a plot to hunt them down. Parliament on Saturday passed a law that allows some former Baathists — mostly from Iraq’s once-dominant Sunni Arab minority — to reclaim government jobs or receive pensions. The measure was a key legislative benchmark long sought by the United States to promote national reconciliation. “This law could be a government decoy to spot high-ranking Baathists in hiding when applying for jobs and get rid of them by gunmen,” said Shihab Hamad, a 47-year-old Sunni who used to work as a headmaster of a secondary school. “My life is more precious than any job.” Full Story

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