At a news conference on Wednesday in Baghdad, Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki threatened to replace ministers from the Sunni Muslim Iraqiya bloc if they continued their boycott of the parliament and unity cabinet.
Sectarian tensions are mounting in Iraq just days after US troops withdrew from the country. Iraqi officials have issued an arrest warrant for the Sunni Vice President, Tareq Al-Hashemi, for "terrorism" charges relating to alleged links to assassinations of government officials, last month in Baghdad. The Sunni majority Iraqiya bloc is boycotting Parliament, citing Nouri Al-Maliki's authoritarian tendancies and reluctance to share power.
Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi (pictured) has accused the country's Shiite prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, of attempting to undermine him a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of terrorism.
Iraq has seen a rise in sectarian tensions following extraordinary allegations made by the Shiite-led government against its Sunni vice-president Tariq al-Hashemi (pictured) who fled Baghdad before a warrant for his arrest was issued.
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US President Barack Obama said Monday at a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that America would remain a "strong partner" to Iraq, as the deadline for the withdrawal of all US troops looms.
The Iraqi government has announced that it plans to close Camp Ashraf, home to more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents by the end of the year. But the decision has put the international community in a difficult position.
US President Barack Obama will meet Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki (pictured) Monday as the US plans to withdraw its troops from Iraq by year's end. Talks on continuing the mission failed after Iraq refused to provide immunity for US and NATO troops.
Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has given his cabinet 100 days to improve public services, warning that failure to do so will result in "changes". The move comes in the wake of nationwide protests against corruption and unemployment.
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