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Iraqi governmentcalls for an expanded meeting to discuss the current situation
Erbil, 20 December / December (Rn) - The Iraqi governmentled by Nuri al-Maliki Tuesday to an expanded meeting to discuss the currentsituation in the country.
In conjunction with the withdrawal of the last U.S. troopsfrom Iraq intensified the political struggle between Maliki and his rivals inthe fragile agreement to share power.
And the escalation of divisions on the back of an arrestwarrant for Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and isolate the Deputy PrimeMinister Saleh al-Mutlaq from office.
The Iraqi judiciary issued on Monday an arrest warrant foral-Hashemi after being accused of involvement in the implementation of armedattacks against security personnel and officials.
Involves the arrest warrant for the possibility of inflamingsectarian tensions in Iraq following the withdrawal of U.S. troops as theagreement puts the fragile power-sharing in the risk.
He said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in astatement that "the Council of Ministers decided to invite the president(Jalal Talabani) and leaders of political blocs in parliament and outsideparliament for a meeting with the Cabinet."
He said that the expanded meeting aims "to discuss thepolitical situation and call for commitment to the Constitution and as a basisand reference that everyone adheres to solve the problems and difficulties forthe political process."
Iraq has boycotted the meetings of deputies and ministers inrecent times, complaining they are being marginalized, although it the largestsingle bloc in the Council.
Being politicians, senior Iraqi talks with al-Maliki andother leaders to contain the situation for fear of exacerbating the crisis thatcould push Iraq back into the midst of sectarian unrest.
Hashemi and demanding the transfer of the investigation withregard to the concerns addressed to the Kurdistan region to ensure the"integrity" of the judiciary. But the judicial authorities in Baghdadrejects this and says that he must be tried before the judge who issued thearrest warrant.
And warns the President of Kurdistan region Masoud Barzaniof the collapse of the political process in the country and called for theurgent convening of a conference involving all political forces to address thecrisis.
He asked Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, two days before theIraqi Council of Representatives to withdraw confidence from the al-Mutlaq, onthe basis that he lacked confidence in the political process.
Hashemi and al-Mutlaq, leader of the Iraqi bloc, a group ofsecular character and reluctantly joined the unity government led by al-Maliki.
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