According to a report relayed by an American site, the journalist who had made famous in 2008 by launching his shoe on the president of the United States, George W. Bush, would be candidate in the Iraqi legislative elections of May 12.
Muntadhar al Zaidi, the man who threw his shoes in 2008 on George W. Bush when he was president of the United States, is a candidate for legislative elections in Iraq. The journalist, whose gesture was circumnavigated at the time at a press conference, intends to sit well from May 12 among the 329 members of the Iraqi Parliament, according to BuzzFeed.
During the numerous interviews he had given to explain his act, he explained in particular that he wanted to express “his rejection of Bush’s lies, his occupation and the looting of the country, as well as the murder of [his] people”. Muntadhar al-Zaidi was subsequently arrested and sent to prison for “attacking a head of state on official visit”. With a remission, he was finally able to leave Iraq in 2009.
According to Buzzfeed, he nevertheless managed to return to his native country in 2011. He then invested himself in the creation of a foundation to provide assistance to children whose parents died during the US occupation of Iraq. .
The election campaign for the May 12th legislative elections, the first since 2014, began in mid-April. After the unrest caused by Daesh, the violent Kurdish crisis and a situation still very tense, particularly because of the many attacks still perpetrated in the country, Iraq still struggles to find real political stability.