Election ban “lifted” for 500 barred candidates

Appeal court recommends to electoral commission that more than 500 candidates be allowed to stand in March 7 elections. Candidates' jubilation is tempered by others' suspicion of American interference.

BAGHDAD - Hundreds of candidates who had been barred for standing in Iraq's upcoming elections because of alleged ties to the former regime will now be allowed to participate, according to an election official.

Hamdiyah al-Husseini, a senior official from the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) told news agency AFP that more than 500 candidates, "have every right to run in the election," after an appeal court recommendation to IHEC that the candidates run in the election first, and have their records examined later.

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