Jordanian tribe to name all new-born males after Saddam Hussain

January 10, 2010


A Jordanian tribe has decided to name all the males born this year “Saddam” and all the females “Raghad”, “Hala” or “Rana” after Saddam’s daughters after their town municipal council shelved a plan to name a street after Iraqi former leader Saddam Hussain.
The town cancelled the plan in the wake of a political and diplomatic furore it sparked in Jordan, Kuwait and Iraq.
Jordanian Prime Minister Sameer Al Rifae said his government would not accept the decision taken by the municipal council of Al Mazar, a small town 250km south of Amman.
Nabeel Al Shareef, Jordan’s Minister of State for Information and Communications, told the Ammon news service that the residents of Al Mazar submitted a petition to the municipal council to revoke their decision about naming one of the town streets after Saddam Hussain.
The council eventually accepted the petition and cancelled the decision, he said.

Jordanian notables supported the call not to pay public tribute to Saddam.
“It is like stabbing Kuwait in the back because of a person who does not represent the official or even popular Jordanian view in any way,” Gazi Al Fayez, former parliament speaker, said. “It is just the case of an individual decision by a mayor and I think that the Jordanian government will now replace him,” he told Kuwaiti daily Al Rai.
Most Jordanians have opposed the idea of the street naming and Jordan as a country and the people should not be accused of making blunders, Al Fayez said.
“Unfortunately, there are dozens of Jordanians who made highly deplorable mistakes involving other countries. Every time, the government has distanced itself from them and invariably explained that it did not support what they did or said,” he said.
According to Al Fayez, the town mayor, Mohammad Al Sarayrah, is a well-known Baathist who had studied in Iraq.
However, the controversial issue could be compounded after Al Nawaysa tribe, from Al Mazar area, said that the decision to cancel the naming of the street after Saddam was taken after “blatant interference in Jordan’s domestic affairs.”
“The tribe council held a meeting following the latest developments and has agreed to ask all the members of the tribe to name their sons born in 2010 ‘Saddam’ and to name their new-born daughters ‘Raghad’, ‘Hala’ or ‘Rana’ after the daughters of the martyr Saddam Hussain,” the tribe said.
“We will also start collecting donations from the tribe members to build a multi-purpose hall that we will name ‘Hall of the Greatest Martyr Saddam Hussain’ in tribute to his glory,” the Al Nawaysa tribe said.


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