Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Powerful Shiite Bloc Boycotts Iraqi Government

WaPo reported A bloc of Iraqi lawmakers and cabinet ministers allied with militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr launched a boycott of their government duties Wednesday to protest Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's decision to attend a summit in Jordan with President Bush.

Maliki should accept their resignations, offer their ministry posts to the Kurds in exchange for joining his coalition, and then he should green light taking out Sadr and his militia as well as the Sunni militias.
"We announce the suspension of our participation in government and parliament," said Nasar al-Rubaie, the leader of Sadr's parliamentary bloc. "We gave a promise last Friday that we will suspend our participation if the Prime Minister met with Bush and today [Wednesday] we are doing it as a Sadrist bloc."

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