Iraqi Sunnis issue political deadline

Iraq's largest Sunni political group gave Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki one week to respond to demands or the group said it would boycott the government.

Iraqi Sunnis issue political deadline
Iraq's largest Sunni political group gave Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki one week to respond to demands or the group said it would boycott the government.

"After one more week, we'll give the prime minister a chance to show us and the elected people a real direction for improvement or we will leave altogether," said Alaa Maki, a senior member of the Accordance Front, which has six Cabinet ministers.

Among the group's demands are a greater Sunni role in the Shiite-dominated security forces, the release of thousands of prisoners the group claims are being held unjustly, purging national security forces of militia members and the return of displaced families, The Washington Post reported.

One of Maliki's advisers, Sadiq al-Rikabi, told the newspaper the group's deadline was counterproductive.

"The Iraqi people would like to see the politicians stand strongly together to push forward and make real progress," Rikabi said. "And yet all we hear from them are threats."


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