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Afghan TV comedy plays on Bush shoe incident

world Updated: Dec 17, 2008 15:27 IST

A hugely popular Afghan comedy show is to reconstruct the infamous George W Bush shoe hurling incident, only this time the US president gets it in the face.

Bush is highly unpopular among most ordinary Afghans and footage of the US president ducking as an Iraqi journalist hurled two shoes in his direction has been shown repeatedly on television here.

Now a satirical show has used actors to reconstruct Sunday's press conference in Baghdad, ensuring that this time the shoe hits Bush in the face.

The producer of the show, "Zang-i-Khatar" (Alert Bell), said he wanted to send a message of solidarity with Iraq.

"The aim of the programme, besides making people laugh... Is to convey solidarity with the people and journalists of Iraq," Hanif Hamgaam told AFP ahead of the show's airing Wednesday evening.

Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi became an instant star in the Muslim world when he threw his shoes at Bush on Sunday during the US leader's farewell visit to the country invaded by American forces in 2003.

Zaidi jumped up during a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and shouted: "It is the farewell kiss, you dog," and threw his shoes at the US leader.

Bush managed to avoid the flying footwear, and Zaidi was wrestled to the ground by guards.

Bush ordered the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan and the United States is the biggest financer of the country's post-Taliban reconstruction efforts.