Sadr bloc quits Iraqi government

Shia movement pulls out of government to protest against US presence.

    Al-Sadr's political movement has six ministers in
    the Shia-led coalition government [File AFP]

    The move is unlikely to bring down the government of Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister, but it could create tensions in his fractious government of national unity.

       

    'No need for timetable'

     

    The Sadrists have said they would remain in parliament.

     

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    Al-Maliki has said he sees no need to set a timetable for an American troop withdrawal because his government was working to build up Iraq's security forces as quickly as possible so the US-led forces could leave.

     

    Last week, tens of thousands of Iraqis answered a call by al-Sadr to rally in Najaf to protest against the presence of about 140,000 US-led troops in Iraq.


    The Sadrists ended a two-month boycott of parliament in January after pulling out in protest over the timetable issue and a meeting between al-Maliki and George Bush, the US president.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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