Shoe-flinger for MP

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BAGH­DAD: An Iraqi jour­nal­ist who threw his shoes at for­mer US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush dur­ing a news con­fer­ence a decade ago, is stand­ing for par­lia­ment, cam­paign­ing against cor­rup­tion and sec­tar­i­an­ism.

TV cor­re­spon­dent Mun­tazer al-zaidi be­came fa­mous across Iraq and the Mid­dle East af­ter throw­ing his footwear at Bush in Bagh­dad in 2008, shout­ing “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi peo­ple, you dog!”

Bush ducked. Zaidi served six months in pri­son for as­sault­ing a vis­it­ing leader.

To­day, Zaidi is stand­ing for par­lia­ment as a mem­ber of the move­ment of fire­brand Shi’ite cleric Mo­q­tada al-sadr. – Reuters/african News Agency (ANA)

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