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Main Sunni Bloc Walks Out Of Iraqi Government

From those lovers of the Parliamentary process at Reuters:

Residents stand at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, August 1, 2007.

Sunni bloc quits Iraq govt, 73 dead in bombings

By Mariam Karouny and Paul Tait

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The main Sunni Arab political bloc quit the Iraqi government on Wednesday in a blow to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s shaky coalition as suicide bombers killed more than 70 people in three attacks across Baghdad.

The resignation move pushed the government into a new crisis undermining its efforts to reconcile Iraqis and end sectarian strife.

Fifty of Wednesday’s dead were killed when a suicide bomber in a fuel truck packed with explosives targeted motorists at a petrol station.

The Sunni Accordance Front left Maliki’s Shi’ite-led coalition over his failure to meet a list of about a dozen demands, including a greater say in security matters.

“The government was still … closing the door on reforms which are needed to save Iraq,” Accordance Front spokesman Rafei Issawi told a news conference, adding the government should have met its demands or “at least admit its failure.”

Issawi said Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zobaie and five ministers would resign on Wednesday.

The Sunni Front’s 44 members will remain in the 275-seat parliament. Its withdrawal will have little practical effect on the 15-month-old government, which is virtually paralyzed by infighting but needs only a simple majority to keep functioning.

Maliki’s government has already been weakened by the withdrawal of fiery Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s political bloc, one of the biggest in parliament, over his refusal to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops

The Accordance Front is made up of three main Sunni Arab groups, including Hashemi’s Islamic Party. Its list of demands included the disbanding of Shi’ite militias that have targeted Sunni Arabs.

Iraq’s other deputy prime minister, Kurd Barham Salih, told Reuters the Sunni bloc’s withdrawal was the most serious political crisis yet faced by Maliki’s government

In Baghdad’s Mansour district, police said the suicide bomber had lured motorists queuing for petrol before exploding the fuel truck. Another 60 people were hurt.

Twenty people were killed when a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a popular ice cream parlor in a bustling commercial area of Baghdad’s predominantly Shi’ite district of Karrada. Another bomber killed three in southern Doura district

Gee, we can’t have any good news, can we.

Maliki’s government has already been weakened by the withdrawal of fiery Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s political bloc, one of the biggest in parliament, over his refusal to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops

It’s hard to keep up. But didn’t al-Sadr’s “bloc” return just last week?

Still, it’s almost as if these groups are working in coordination with our media and the other terrorists.

Can’t they help a little?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 1st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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