Cabinet Reflects a Divided Iraq
Posted on Aug 6, 2007
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s “unity government” has lost its last Sunni representatives, as five ministers announced a boycott in protest of sectarian favoritism. Nearly half of the Cabinet has walked this year.
Iraq’s largest Sunni-Arab bloc, the Accordance Front, withdrew six ministers from the cabinet last week.
So far this year, 17 government ministers - nearly half of the cabinet - have either suspended their participation or quit.
The BBC’s Andy Gallacher in Baghdad says it is a serious setback for any attempts at reconciliation between Shia and Sunni factions.