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Sunnis in Iraqi parliament walkout

Sunni politicians are contemplating their next move after they made a dramatic walkout from the Iraqi parliament, throwing fresh doubt over the power-sharing deal between them and the Shiite majority.

The walkout demonstrated the deep distrust Sunnis feel for Shiite prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is set to lead Iraq's new government after a deal was reached in a stormy session on Thursday, after an eight-month deadlock.

Sunni lawmakers accuse Mr al-Maliki's bloc of already breaking promises under the agreement and say they will seek explanations from him. They warn they may leave the agreement if not satisfied.

Parliament re-elected Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as president, the first step toward creating the new government.

The dispute came as US President Barack Obama said the new Baghdad government will be inclusive and reflective of the will of the Iraqi people.

Mr Obama also revealed the formation of the government marked a milestone for modern Iraq.


From Belfast Telegraph