By Trenton Daniel | McClatchy Newspapers
BAGHDAD — The Baath Party that ruled Iraq under Saddam Hussein is re-emerging, but it's no longer the totalitarian machine that the former dictator used to reward sycophants and remove rivals.
The Baath Party that's surfaced in the aftermath of Iraq's Jan. 31 provincial elections is composed of secular Sunni Muslims — who dominated Saddam's party — and a few Shiites. Some Iraqis welcome its return as an alternative to religious politics, but others dread it, especially Shiites and Kurds, who were on the receiving end of Saddam's despotism.
Despite the success of the provincial elections, it remains to be seen whether they've put Iraq on a path to unity after five years of sectarian strife, or whether the divisions among Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, and within those groups between Islamists and secularists, will prove to be more powerf
In: Iraq, Iran, Middle East
Tags: Iraq, Election, Politics, (Post) War, Occupation, Baath Party
Location: Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq (load item map)
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