Iraq: Izzat Ibrahim nominated as new ‘Baath’ leader
03 January, 2007
BAGHDAD: The former vice-president of Baath Party, Izzat Ibrahim has been appointed as the new party leader after the execution of Saddam Hussain, according to a statement issued from the party today.
Saddam Hussein`s fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri vowed that the ousted president`s execution would only strengthen the anti-US insurgency in an internet statement posted Tuesday.
"Saddam Hussein`s assassination at the criminal hands of the US administration and its English, Zionist and Persian Safavid allies will only strengthen the determination of the Baath, its people and the Arab nation to wage jihad and resistance until the enemy is destroyed and Iraq liberated," the statement said.
Ibrahim, the most senior leader of the ousted regime still at large, called for the formation of a broad resistance front to free Iraq from US occupation.
"I call on the valiant commanders of the jihad and the brave fighters in all jihadi groups to strive seriously to create a jihad and resistance front .. in order to destroy the enemy and liberate our beloved homeland," said the statement posted on the website of Iraq`s dissolved Baath party.
"I vow to pursue the sacred jihad and step it up until the total liberation of our homeland," it said.