Iraqi leader plans to hold referendum to endorse presidency
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is planning to hold a referendum to endorse his presidency in mid-October, the country's newspapers reported Tuesday.
Politicians and analysts in Baghdad see the referendum as a routine procedure to endorse Saddam Hussein for a new seven-year term. "The great referendum day on the post of the president of the republic will be held mid-October," the official Al Qadissiya newspaper reported.
The Iraqi leader, who has been in power since 1979, won 99.96 percent of more than eight million valid votes cast on a turnout of 99.47 percent in an October 1995 referendum. (Albawaba.com)
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