launched in 18 Iraqi provinces
The democratic electoral list of "Ittihad al-Shaab" (People's Unity) was launched on Saturday 14th November 2009, at a mass rally held in the National Theatre in central Baghdad.
The list is a coalition of democratic and patriotic forces, led by the Iraqi Communist Party and includes the National Democratic Party (First), the Democratic Chaldeo-Assyrian List, and several democratic groups and personalities.
Mufid al-Jazairy, member of Iraqi CP's Political Bureau, opened the event by introducing "Ittihad al-Shaab" List, and then invited the party leader, comrade Hamid Majeed Mousa, to deliver the statement and programme of the electoral list. He was accompanied on stage by a number of candidates.
The cultural part of the programme followed with poetry and songs. The well-known poets Aryan Sayyed Khalaf, Nadhem al-Samawi and Hamza al-Hilfi, were warmly received by more than 2000 people who packed the hall. The singer Karim Mansour then presented a number of his popular songs.
The event received wide coverage in the Iraqi media, including the Iraqiyya satellite channel that broadcasted half an hour of the proceedings.