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August 10, 2005

The Last Throes Regime

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Baghdad Mayor Is Ousted by a Shiite Group and Replaced

Hussein al-Tahaan, affiliated with the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) waltzed into the Baghdad mayor’s office with a group of militia men on Monday, and declared himself the new mayor. The previous mayor is now in hiding, fearing for his life.

There was a fucking coup, inside of the capital city, of a country under military occupation.

But the insurgency is drying up, the new government is under control, and the country will soon be a democratic utopia. Just you wait.


Hmm, that angle might not be accurate. Juan Cole reminds us that SCIRI won the Baghdad provincial elections back in January, and that the newly deposed mayor was actually elected by nobody, appointed by the Americans months and months ago. I am a little fuzzy on how the mayoral transition is supposed to work, but I think that SCIRI might have the legitimate right to pick the new mayor. Whether or not they were allowed to install him now, and at the point of a gunbarrel… I dunno.


Posted by Jake on August 10, 2005 9:43 am

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