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Introduction
Click on the links to read about key people and groups in Iraq
Islamic: Secular: Kurds and others: Governing council:
Overview
Daawa
Sciri
Sadr Group
Iraqi Islamic Party
Kurdish Islamic Union
Sistani & other leaders
Overview
Adnan Pachachi
Ahmed Chalabi (INC)
Iyad Alawi (INA)
Communist Party
Naseer al-Chaderchi
Royalists
Baathists
Overview
Massoud Barzani
Jalal Talabani
Assyrians
Turkmen
Tribal leaders
Marsh Arabs
Overview
Council members
IRAQI COMMUNIST PARTY

The fall of Saddam Hussein saw the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) re-emerge after being banned for 35 years. Founded in 1934, it played a key role in the coup which ousted the British-backed monarchy in 1958. Many Iraqis are familiar with it because of its long history.

The ICP's newspaper was one of the first to be published in Baghdad after the former regime fell.

This was partly because the party already had a presence in Iraq it operated underground and from the Kurdish enclave in the north of Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein.

The party has also organised two demonstrations - one on 1 May 2003 to mark International Workers' Day and another on 14 July to commemorate the fall of the monarchy.

ICP official Hamid Majid Musa al-Bayati has joined the US-appointed Governing Council, despite the party's opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq and its strong criticism of the council's limited powers.

The ICP has traditionally drawn support from poor Shias in southern Iraq, but now claims its membership spans a broad cross-section of the country's communities.

The ICP published one of the first newspapers after Saddam Hussein fell

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