Iraqi parliament adopts de-Baathification law long sought by US

Iraq's parliament adopted legislation Saturday on the reinstatement of former Baath party supporters to government jobs, a key benchmark sought by the United States as a key step toward national reconciliation. The voting was carried out by a show of hands on each of the law's 30 clauses. The bill, officially called the "Accountability and Justice" law, seeks to relax restrictions on the right of members of Saddam Hussein's now-dissolved Baath party to fill government posts.