Sunni-backed leader: Crisis tearing Iraq apart

AP , Wednesday 18 Jan 2012

Ayad Allawi says that Iraq needs a new prime minter or elections to stop the country from falling apart

 The leader of Iraq's main Sunni-backed bloc says the war-ravaged country needs new leaders to prevent it from disintegrating along sectarian lines.

Ayad Allawi told reporters Wednesday that Iraq needs a new prime minister or new elections to prevent the country from falling apart just weeks after the US military withdrawal.

He accused Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of targeting Sunni officials and triggering a political crisis.

The crisis erupted last month after al-Maliki's government issued an arrest warrant against the Sunni vice president on terrorism charges. In protest, Iraqiya has been boycotting parliament and cabinet sessions.

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