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Iraq court backs banned 'Baathists'

Iraq court backs banned 'Baathists' 17 May 2010 An Iraqi appeals court has reinstated nine winning candidates from the March 7 parliamentary election who had been disqualified for alleged links to the Baath party. Eight of the nine candidates were from the Iraqiya coalition of former prime minister Iyad Allawi, which won the highest number of seats in the election. The verdict means Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission is a step closer to officially certifying the results of the March election.