Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Muntadhar, Who flung A Shoe At George Bush Will Contest For Election

Muntadhar, Who flung A Shoe At George Bush Will Contest For Election

Muntadhar al-Zaidi launched the extraordinary attack on the former USA president during a press conference in Baghdad in December 2008, in response to the USA invasion of Iraq.

A bronze sculpture honoring the shoes of Iraqi reporter Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who gained global fame by throwing his footwear at former President George W. Bush, stands atop a white pedestal during an unveiling ceremony on January 27, 2009.

On May 12 Iraq is all set to elect 328 members to its Council of Representatives.

George Bush at a press conference in Iraq in 2008.

While Bush flew home, al-Zaidi was sentenced to three years in prison, which was eventually reduced to just 12 months.

During a perfunctory press conference with Iraq's prime minister, Zaidi threw both of his size 10 shoes at Bush.

Al-Zaidi served nine months in prison, during which he alleges he was tortured by Iraqi security forces, but was released early on good behaviour.

Muntader al-Zaidi is standing in next week's elections as a candidate for a list founded by the influential Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.

He then tossed his second shoe, shouting, "This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq".

"When I threw the shoe in the face of the criminal, George Bush, I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country, my rejection of his killing my people", he would later say. Bush was uninjured in the incident.

Almost ten years on al-Zaidi is contesting Iraqi parliamentary elections, due to take place on May 12, CNN reports.

Bush ducked as the shoes sailed past his head.

"I don't have any issue with America or Americans", he told CNN on Wednesday. My only issue is with the former president George W. Bush.

A man who threw his shoes at former US president George W. Bush during a farewell visit to Iraq in 2008 is now running for a seat in the embattled country's Council of Representatives.

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