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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

The Stench of Democracy

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 7 — Iraqi officials announced a new national
safety law today that allows Iraq's prime minister to declare emergency rule in
any part of the country threatened by instability.

Prime Minister Iyad
Allawi on Tuesday signed the law of broad martial powers that allow him to
impose curfews anywhere in the country, ban groups he considers seditious and
order the detentions of people suspected of being security
risks.



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