Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sunni group rejoins Iraq cabinet

They're all beginning to realize either become a part of the solution or become completely irrelevant.

BAGHDAD, July 19 (UPI) -- A group of disgruntled Sunni Arab lawmakers have rejoined Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's cabinet in a key reconciliation step, observers say.

Six ministers from the Sunni Accordance Front, which left the government a year ago to protest Shiite unwillingness to share power, have rejoined al-Maliki's cabinet, the BBC reported Saturday. The move was hailed as an important step in persuading the country's Sunni Arab minority to participate in upcoming provincial elections.

An Accordance Front spokesman, Salim al-Joubouri, told the BBC that the bloc's candidates would attend the next Iraq cabinet meeting.

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