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Iraq's Anbar Province Struggles To Form Government

Three months following elections in Iraq’s protest-riddled Anbar province, its various factions have still not managed to create alliances and form a local government.
Iraqi Sunni Muslims wave the old flags of Iraq during an anti-government demonstration in Falluja, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad May 3, 2013.  Tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims poured onto the streets of Ramadi and Falluja in the western province of Anbar following Friday prayers, in their biggest show of strength since the outbreak of protests last year. REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST) - RTXZ987
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Some time has passed since elections were held in Iraq’s Anbar province on June 20, and political forces that won the elections have been unable to form a local government.

Sunni politicians in this large province located west of Baghdad — where the majority of the population opposes Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s policies — said, “thus far, the small blocs that have one or two seats in the new council, which includes nearly 30 seats, have refused to join any large alliance to form a government.”

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