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2006-07-03 06:15:52

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's main Sunni political bloc boycotted parliament for a second straight day on Monday and said the walkout would last until a colleague was freed by gunmen who seized her in a Shiite area of Baghdad two days ago. "Members of the Iraqi Accordance Front will not attend parliament's session today. We are suspending our participation until the release of Mashhadani," Sunni leader Adnan al-Dulaimi told Reuters. Taiseer Najah al-Mashhadani and seven of her...

2006-07-01 03:20:40

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen kidnapped a Sunni Arab lawmaker and seven of her bodyguards in Baghdad on Saturday, parliamentary sources said. Taiseer Najah al-Mashhadani is a member of the Iraqi Accordance Front, the largest parliamentary bloc of the Sunni minority community. No more details were immediately available. Al Qaeda's in Iraq's leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a U.S. air strike last month, had threatened members of the Sunni community against joining the...

2006-02-23 08:57:58

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's main Sunni Muslim bloc pulled out on Thursday of negotiations for the formation of a new government, blaming the ruling Shi'ite alliance for sectarian violence that has killed dozens of Sunnis in the past 24 hours. "We are suspending our participation in negotiations on the government with the Shi'ite Alliance," Tareq al-Hashemi, a top official of the Iraqi Accordance Front, told a news conference. (Reporting by Omar al-Ibadi, Baghdad newsroom)

2006-01-22 13:44:41

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's biggest Sunni political bloc committed itself on Sunday to talks with Shi'ites and Kurds to form a government of national unity, but said its key demands, including changes to the constitution, must be met. The United States, keen to drive the political process toward a stable consensus, wants the Kurds and majority Shi'ites, who dominated last month's elections, to form a government that includes minority Sunnis. It hopes an inclusive...

2006-01-20 07:45:44

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Final results of Iraq's December 15 election gave the Shi'ite Islamist Alliance 128 seats, 10 short of a majority in the 275-seat chamber, an Electoral Commission official told a news conference on Friday. The results, in line with expectations and earlier counts, gave the Kurdish bloc 53 seats and former prime minister Iyad Allawi's secular list 25, with two main Sunni Arab groups, the Accordance Front and the National Dialogue Front, securing 44 and 11 places...

2006-01-20 07:38:03

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Final results of Iraq's December 15 election gave the Shi'ite Islamist Alliance 128 seats, 10 short of a majority in the 275-seat chamber, an Electoral Commission official told a news conference on Friday. The results, in line with expectations and earlier counts, gave the Kurdish bloc 53 seats and former prime minister Iyad Allawi's secular list 25, with two main Sunni Arab groups, the Accordance Front and the National Dialogue Front, securing 44 and 11 places...

2006-01-13 10:49:26

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Islamist Shi'ite Alliance bloc will fall short of retaining its parliamentary majority after last month's election, according to an almost final tally of seats in the chamber obtained by Reuters on Friday. With six of 275 seats yet to be allocated, the Alliance and their present Kurdish coalition partners were also one seat shy of the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution, figures provided by source at the Electoral Commission...

2005-12-27 15:13:15

By Shamal Aqrawi ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Leaders of the Shi'ite and Kurdish blocs that emerged triumphant in this month's Iraqi election agreed on Tuesday to push ahead with efforts to bring Sunni and other parties into a grand coalition government. The visit of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim of the Shi'ite Islamist Alliance to the Kurdish capital Arbil opened a series of planned meetings among rival factions intended to ease friction over election results which Sunni and secular parties say...

2005-12-27 15:59:02

By Shamal Aqrawi ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Leaders of the Shi'ite and Kurdish blocs that emerged triumphant in this month's Iraqi election agreed on Tuesday to push ahead with efforts to bring Sunni and other parties into a grand coalition government. The visit of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim of the Shi'ite Islamist Alliance to the Kurdish capital Arbil opened a series of planned meetings among rival factions intended to ease friction over election results which Sunni and secular parties say...

2005-12-22 11:33:03

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Minority Sunni Arab and secular leaders pressed publicly on Thursday for Iraq's election to be rerun, but behind the scenes they were wrangling for shares in a likely coalition government with the triumphant Shi'ites. Politicians say negotiations have yet to begin in earnest amid uncertainty over the scale of the Shi'ite Islamist victory and complaints of fraud that soured the upbeat mood after last week's peaceful ballot, in which rebellious...


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