Saddam notes cease to be legal tender

Bank notes printed with the face of Saddam Hussein have ceased to be legal tender in Iraq, removing another memory of the former dictator.

The new banknotes are less prone to counterfeiting, and general confidence in the Iraqi economy has pushed the dinar to new postwar highs against the dollar, forcing the Central Bank to intervene in the market on Thursday.

People queued in the bank's main business hall, lifting plastic bags full of old dinars onto the counter and exchanging them for the new

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