Saddam Hussein

5th president of Iraq (1979โ€“2003)

Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was an Iraqi politician who served as the fifth president of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization, the Iraqi Ba'ath Partyโ€”which espoused Ba'athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and Arab socialismโ€”Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup that brought the party to power in Iraq.

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