Reaction to Saddam's Execution Ranges from Jubilation to Condemnation

World reaction to the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ranges from jubilation to condemnation and anger.

In Baghdad Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the death of Saddam closes a dark chapter in the history of his country. He said the policy of discrimination and marginalization that plagued Iraq for 35 years is over.

President Bush called the execution an important milestone for Iraq's path to democracy. He said Saddam's death marks the end of a difficult year for all Iraqis, but he warned it would not stop the violence in the war-torn country.

Human rights groups and countries opposed to capital punishment, however, condemned the death of Saddam. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch called Saddam's trial "deeply flawed," and it said the hanging was cruel and inhumane despite the dictator's widespread human rights violations.

Meanwhile, protests against Saddam's execution have broken out in several countries around the world - including Iraq, Pakistan and India.

Street celebrations, however, were reported in Baghdad's Shi'ite Sadr City slum and other predominantly Shi'ite areas.

Kuwait hailed the execution as fair and just. Iran called it a "victory for the Iraqi people."

The Hamas-led Palestinian government denounced Saddam's hanging, and Libya declared three days of official mourning.