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Adeed Dawisha

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157931

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157931.001.0001

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The State Rules without Rules, 1968–2003

The State Rules without Rules, 1968–2003

(p.209) Chapter Ten The State Rules without Rules, 1968–2003

Adeed Dawisha

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the events following the military coup on July 17, 1968, that ushered in the Ba'thist/Saddamist era. The Ba'thists were in no mood to share power with officers claiming fidelity to the nationalist cause but eschewing membership in the Ba'th Party. Particularly adamant on the necessity for the Party to monopolize power was Saddam Husayn. On July 30, a new Cabinet was formed and announced to the Iraqi public. As the names of the Cabinet Ministers were read, no one would have any doubt that this time the Ba'th Party alone would shape the structure, and command the direction, of the Iraqi state.

Keywords:   Iraq, military coup, political order, Ba'thist, Saddamist era, Ba'th Party, Saddam Husayn

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