New York Times
December 18, 2010
BAGHDAD — Iraq moved one step closer to finally forming a government on Saturday as lawmakers overturned a contentious decision banning three prominent Sunni Arabs from national politics.
The vote in Parliament helped to resolve a furor that erupted nearly a year ago, after an Iraqi panel sought to disqualify hundreds of Sunni candidates from elections because of their alleged ties to Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party.
The disqualifications set off angry demonstrations and accusations that threatened to further marginalize Iraq’s Sunni minority and undermine efforts to form a government that folded in all of Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian factions.