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Iraqiyya Bloc Seeks to Gain From Sunni Unrest in Iraq

The opposition Iraqiyya bloc, led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, is seeking to capitalize on protests by Sunni Iraqis against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, writes Ali Abel Sadah. 
An Iraqi policeman watches as he stands guard during the funeral of victim killed in clashes with security forces in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, January 26, 2013. Thousands of mourners attended on Saturday a funeral procession for protesters killed on the day before in Falluja during clashes with Iraqi soldiers in the wake of protest against government of Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. At least three people were killed on Friday when Iraqi troops opened fire during clashes with Sunni
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On the eve of the local elections, the Iraqiyya bloc — led by former prime minister Ayad Allawi — seeks to make political gains from the Sunni protests in Iraq.

This time, it opted to exert pressure on the Maliki government by disrupting cabinet meetings. The Iraqiyya bloc recently announced that “it has frozen its participation in the government’s weekly meetings until the Sunni demonstrators’ demands are met.”

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