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Key Iraq bloc to boycott Parliament as US quits

Last Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 21:52

Baghdad: The secular Iraqiya bloc, which won
most of the votes of Iraq`s disenchanted Sunni Arab majority,
walked out of parliament on Saturday sparking a political
crisis days after US forces ended their mission.

The bloc, led by former premier Iyad Alawi, said it
was suspending its participation in parliamentary business in
protest at what it charged was Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki`s
monopolisation of all decision-making.

"We can longer remain silent about the way the state
is being administered, as it is plunging the country into the
unknown," said the bloc, which holds 82 of the 325 seats in
parliament, second only to Maliki`s National Alliance.

"The Iraqiya bloc is suspending its participation in
parliament from Saturday and calling for the opening of a
round-table to find a solution that will support democracy and
civil institutions," it said.

"Iraqiya rejects this system of policy-making that
consists of ignoring other political parties, politicising the
justice system, exercising sole power and violating the law."


First Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 21:52

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