Sep 6 2013
By Adel Kadhem
Azzaman, September 6, 2013
The Commission of Integrity says it is ready to solve problems related to the mass dismissal of the members of the former Baath party in Iraq.
Shortly after the 2003-U.S. invasion, the Baath party, which ruled the country more than four decades was disbanded along with the armed forces and police and security organs.
But according to Bakhtiyar Omar, the commission’s spokesman, the authorities are reconsidering the decision the U.S.-led administration of Iraq took in relation to the Baath party and its members.
It is widely believed that the U.S. rulings to disband the Baath party, which had more than one million registered members, and the decommissioning of the armed forces, have been the main reason for the upsurge in violence.
The rulings were followed by the infamous process known as “debaathification” that saw millions of Iraqis losing their jobs and income.
But Bakhtiyar said the commission was working hard to alleviate the adverse impact on the livelihood of millions of Iraqi families by having their bread winners integrated into the society and given decent jobs.
Bakhtiyar said the commission has been working hard on the files of former Baath party members. “More than 96,000 of them are now back either to their former jobs or given new ones,” he said.
But he said the passage of time since the “debaathification” started in 2003 has made many of Baath party members too old to work.
“Members who have reached or passed the age of retirement have been put on pension,” he added.
Bakhtiyar said the commission was looking forward for new legislation to make it possible for it to address the grievances suffered by millions who were members of the Baath party or worked in its massive and bloated civil, military and intelligence apparatus.
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