17 Dec '11, 3pm

Key #Iraq bloc to boycott parliament as #US quits: @AFP

The secular Iraqiya bloc, which won most of the votes of Iraq's disenchanted Sunni Arab minority, walked out of parliament on Saturday sparking a political crisis days after US forces ended their mission. The bloc, led by former premier Iyad Allawi, 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 no 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 syst...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/key-iraq-bloc-boycott-parliament...

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