Forty-four lawmakers quit parliament
Forty-four Iraqi MPs have resigned their parliamentary seats in protest against a violent police crackdown on Sunni protesters in the Anbar Province in Western Iraq. Police broke up a Sunni protest camp in the predominantly Sunni Muslim province on Monday leading to the deaths of at least 12 people.
The lawmakers have also protested the arrest of prominent Sunni MP Ahmad al-Alwani for apparent terrorism charges. During the arrest, which took place on Saturday in the western city of Ramadi, six people were killed.