Four days of celebrations began in Iraq on Saturday (July 14th) to mark the anniversaries of two recent revolutions.
Four days of celebrations began in Iraq on Saturday (July 14th) to mark the anniversaries of two recent revolutions. The celebrations come only a fortnight after an attempt from within the ruling Baathist Party to depose President Ahmed Hassan Bakr. The Director of Security, Colonel Kazzar who was accused of leading the plotters, has since been executed along with 35 others. The first of the revolutions being celebrated is the bloody military takeover in July 14th, 1958 which ended monarchist rule. Ten years later, on July 17th, a bloodless coup brought President Bakr's Baathist party to power.
A number of officials from abroad are taking part in the Iraqi celebrations. The first official function was at the Unknown Soldier's Monument in Baghdad. Mr. Naeem Haddad, a member of the Regional Leadership of the Baath party laid the wreath, He's also chairman of the Celebrations Higher Committee.
In a speech on Baghdad radio and television to mark the occasion, President Bakr called for "real fighting unity" among Arab states in the battle against Israel.
President Bakr has assumed full civilian and military powers under amendments to the Constitution announced over the weekend, following the coup attempt. The amendments give the President powers to appoint and dismiss every official from the Vice-President down.
SYNOPSIS: Four days of celebrations to mark two recent revolutions in Iraq began with a ceremony in Baghdad to honour the dead.
A number of officials are visiting Iraq for the celebrations which are being held throughout the country. The anniversaries come just a fortnight after an unsuccessful attempt to depose President Ahmed Hassan Bakr.
The first of the revolutions was a military take-over on July 14th 1958 which ended monarchist rule. The second, ten years later on July 17th, brought President Bakr's Baathist party to power.
One of the wreaths laid at the Unknown Soldier's Monument was placed there on behalf of the visiting delegations.
Since the coup attempt, President Bakr has assumed full civilian and military power. Under amendments to the Constitution, the President can appoint and dismiss every official from the Vice-President down.