Three ministers suspended
Three Cabinet ministers from the Sunni Iraqiya party have been suspended from their posts until they return from a boycott of the Cabinet.
The three ministers started a boycott of the Shia dominated Cabinet last month after and arrest warrant was issued for Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi for alleged terrorism charges.
A government spokesperson said that the three minister would not be “allowed to manage ministries, and all decisions that will be signed by them are invalid.”
The move heightens tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the country, with more than 150 people having been killed since the New Year in bombings and other acts of terrorism in the country.
Several organisations representing Western contractors have said that they are finding it more difficult to move around the country and face long delays at airports as they arrive in to the country since the departure of the last American troops last month.