Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

In the aftermath of the party’s fourth congress in October 1985, a group of 11 members led by an ex-alternate member of the central command of the party were expelled from the party. They had violated the party’s constitution by publicly circulating a memorandum attacking the new policy adopted by the party after its turn against the Baath rule in 1979, a document ratified by the 1985 congress. The document criticized the past experience of alliance with the Baath party on the grounds that the CP had accepted the possibility of the Baath leading Iraq’s transition to socialism. Consequently, according to the document, the CP had abandoned its political, ideological and organizational independence vis-à-vis the ruling party.

To continue reading this article, please login or subscribe.

How to cite this article:

Isam al-Khafaji "A Split in the Iraqi Communist Party?," Middle East Report 151 (March/April 1988).