Iraqi who threw shoes at President Bush runs for parliament

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Muntadhar al-Zaidi the Iraqi journalist who infamously threw his shoe at former USA president George W Bush in 2008, is now running for parliament in Baghdad.

Muntadhar al-Zaidi lobbed the footwear during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in 2008.

Al-Zaidi is now running for the Council of Representatives, the country's legislative branch, BuzzFeed News reported.

His intention is to join the ticket of the Sairoun Alliance, which is led by Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and supported by the Iraqi Communist Party.

Zaidi was arrested and sent to prison.

In his Twitter posts, Zaidi said he promised to "sweep the corrupt" from office in Baghdad. He spent nine months in jail before he was released for good behaviour in 2009, Buzzfeed reported.

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"Oh parties of banditry and sectarianism and corruption, we have come and our goal is to destroy you", he tweeted. Bush was uninjured in the incident.

In Tikrit, locals sculpted a giant bronze shoe in commemoration. He was working for Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network at that time when he tried to attack Bush over American forces "illegal occupation" of the country.

"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.

Nearly a decade after sparking an worldwide diplomatic incident by throwing his shoes at former US President George W. Bush in Baghdad, Muntadhar al-Zaidi is planning a political career of his own. A flash game was even developed in which players could throw shoes at Bush.

Zaidi's platform or the coalition he is hoping to work with in parliament are not yet clear.

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