Iraq Issues Warrant For Vice President

world | Dec 19, 2011 | By RFE/RL 

Iraq's Shi'ite-led government has issued an arrest warrant for Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, the country's highest ranking Sunni official, on terrorism charges.

Interior ministry spokesman Adil Daham made the announcement to reporters on December 19, while state-run television aired what it said were confessions by alleged terrorists linked to al-Hashemi.

The move comes a day after the last U.S. troops left Iraq and ended a war lasting nearly nine years.

Al-Hashemi is one of the leaders of the Sunni-backed secular bloc Iraqiya, which has just suspended its participation in parliament to protest the control of key posts by Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Iraqiya, headed by former premier Ayad Allawi, narrowly won the most seats in last year's parliamentary election, but al-Maliki kept the premier's post after gathering key support from Shi'ite parties.

Al-Maliki has effectively controlled the interior and defense ministries for more than a year, while disputes between Sunni and Shi'ite politicians have delayed the appointment of permanent ministers.



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