Iraq official calls for PM's removal
Published January 13, 2012
| Associated Press
BAGHDAD-- Iraq's deputy premier is calling for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down and warning that the country's festering political crisis risks sparking a wider sectarian regional conflict.

In an interview Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq stood by an earlier charge that Iraq is becoming a new dictatorship under al-Maliki and said Iraqis could eventually rise up violently if he remains in power. Al-Mutlaq's Sunni-backed Iraqiya party has been boycotting parliament and Cabinet meetings since last month to protest what it sees as efforts by al-Maliki, a Shiite, to consolidate power, particularly over the country's security forces. The protest is fueling fears of a new sectarian rift that could destabilize Iraq now that U.S. troops have left.

Read more: