Iraq to reinstate 20,000 army officers of Saddam Hussein era

12:11, February 27, 2010      

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Iraqi Primer Minister Nuri al-Maliki has ordered to reinstate 20,000 officers of Saddam Hussein' s era into the new Iraqi army, said a statement of Iraqi Defense Ministry on Friday.

According to the statement, those who are inside Iraq are given one month time to come to the defense ministry to register their names and those outside the country have 45 days to do the registration.

Around 450,000 officers and soldiers of Saddam Hussein were dismissed after the U.S.-led war toppled the regime in 2003.

Iraq is bracing for the March 7 parliamentary election, the second of its kind since 2003. A ban on several hundred candidates from running in the election over alleged links to Saddam Hussein' s regime has sparked a row among political blocs contesting the upcoming election.

Source: Xinhua
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