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Muntader al-Zaidi: Iraq shoe-thrower standing for parliament

03 May, 2018, 20:23 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • In this image from APTN video a man throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki on Sunday Dec. 14 2008 in Baghdad. The man threw two shoes at Bush one after another. Bush ducked both thr

Almost ten years on al-Zaidi is contesting Iraqi parliamentary elections, due to take place on May 12, CNN reports.

He made the announcement in a video shared online and it comes almost 10 years after his infamous footwear attack on Bush, which included a verbal assault on the former president.

"This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog", he yelled in Arabic at Bush as he tried to bean the president. "You killed the Iraqis!"

Muntadhar al-Zaidi launched the extraordinary attack on the former United States president during a press conference in Baghdad in December 2008, in response to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Al-Zeidi was released from a Baghdad prison Tuesday Sept. 15, 2009, his brother said.

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During a perfunctory press conference with Iraq's prime minister, Zaidi threw both of his size 10 shoes at Bush.

Bush managed to dodge both shoes, while Al-Zaidi was wrestled to the ground by security personnel and taken away. The president of Iraq, along with the prime minister, is elected by the country's parliament. Al-Zaida shouted as he flung his footwear at Bush. Bush was unhurt but had to duck twice to avoid being hit.

Al-Zaidi, alas, won't have his weaponised footwear to use on the campaign trail, the website reported, because they were destroyed by US and Iraqi security forces in 2008. Later, he migrated to Lebanon and came just two months back to organize his election campaign.

Nearly a decade after inciting an global diplomatic incident, Muntazer Al-Zaidi has announced that he is pursing a political career as lawmaker in Iraq. He further added that he will also demand the accountability of former President George Bush and compensation for victims.

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