Ayad Jamal Aldin to Call for UN and US Intervention After Ban of Iraqi Electoral Candidates

Jan 25, 2010, 09:28 ET from Ahrar Party

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ahrar Party leader and Iraqi Prime Minister candidate Ayad Jamal Aldin has announced that unless the Justice and Accountability Commission reverses its decision to ban 511 candidates from the upcoming Iraqi national elections, he will take the issue to Iraqi courts, the United Nations and the United States for intervention.

"I remain hopeful that this ruling will be overturned however, if it is not, we must fight this in the Iraqi courts and then, if need be, appeal directly to the US and UN to intervene, which they are legally obliged to do under UN Security Council Resolution 687, which Iraq has been signed up to since 1991," Ayad Jamal Aldin told his party members.

"When the allies invaded Iraq they set out on an honorable and important mission. I will be eternally grateful that they ended Saddam's regime.  However, it is crucial for them to continue to assist us and complete the job we set out do."

"The present government is manipulating and dividing the sects for their own political ends simply to eliminate the competition. It is therefore unsurprising that the only people claiming that the ongoing American assistance within the country is counterproductive are the people benefiting from the corruption who have no interest in long term stability for our country."

Ayad Jamal Aldin is meeting with Members of Congress and policymakers during a week-long visit to the United States this week. He will be available to the media on Thursday, January 28th, at the National Press Club at 2:00 PM or by appointment earlier in the week for individual interview requests.

For more information on Ayad Jamal Aldin and the Ahrar party, visit www.ahrarparty.com.

About Ayad Jamal Aldin:

Ayad Jamal Aldin is a cleric, best known for his consistent campaigning for a new, secular Iraq. He first rose to prominence at the Nasiriyah conference in March 2003, shortly before the fall of Saddam, where he called for a state free of religion, the turban and other theological symbols. In 2005, he was elected as one of the 25 MPs on the Iraqi National List, but withdrew in 2009 after becoming disenchanted with Iyad Allawi's overtures to Iran. He wants complete independence from Iranian interference in Iraq. He now leads the Ahrar party for the 2010 election to the Council of Representatives.

About the Ahrar Party

Ahrar is a political movement for all Iraqis without distinction -- bringing people together to rebuild a unified Iraq.  Ahrar supporters have a common belief in Iraq's shared history and common destiny. Ahrar believes Iraq's best hope lies in the Iraqi people and not the politicians, who have failed through corruption and incompetence. Ayad Jamal Aldin and Ahrar believe in secularism and unity, regardless of religion. Ahrar was created in order to liberate Iraq's government from corruption; to liberate religion from the state; and to bring the Iraqi people together to liberate them from the tyranny of violence and poverty.

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