Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi candidate on the Sairun list, walks in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq May 10, 2018. Picture taken May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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An Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush during a news conference a decade ago is standing for parliament, campaigning against corruption and the sectarianism that has plagued his country.Bush ducked twice as the shoes sailed over his head. Zaidi served six months in prison for assaulting a visiting leader.Today, Zaidi is standing for parliament as a member of the movement of firebrand Shiite scholar Moqtada al-Sadr, whose militia waged a violent campaign against the U.S. military during its occupation of Iraq, but who has lately redefined himself as an opponent of militant sectarianism.Zaidi's shoe-throwing divided opinion in Iraq at the time. Some saw it as sticking up for the country; others as a crude gesture that undermined Iraq's dignity.
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