Sadr bloc ends Iraqi parliament boycott

Iraqi political bloc of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Tuesday that it has ended the suspension of its membership in the Iraqi parliament.

Sadr bloc ends Iraqi parliament boycott

Iraqi political bloc of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Tuesday that it has ended the suspension of its membership in the Iraqi parliament.

"Starting from today, we declare that we have ended our suspension to the parliament," Nassar al-Rubaei, spokesman for the bloc, told the parliament session in Baghdad's Green Zone.

The roughly month-long suspension of Sadr's bloc came as protest over the June 13 attack on the revered shrine of golden mosque in Samarra, which destroyed the two minarets.

Rubaei said the bloc ended its boycott after the government responded to their demands of protecting the shrines and the formation of a committee to supervise the reconstruction of the two Shiite shrines in Samarra, both were destroyed by repeated attacks.

Within the ruling Shiite United Iraqi Alliance (UIA), Sadr's movement has 30 seats in Iraq's 275-seat parliament.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Temmuz 2007, 16:29
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