Demand for US Pull Out: Six Iraqi Ministers Resign
Radical Islamic cleric Moqtada al-Sadr pulled his six ministers out of Iraq’s beleaguered coalition Government yesterday as he pushed his demand for the rapid withdrawal of US troops from the country, reports The Australian.
“The Shia hardliner, who has not been seen in public since October, was angered last week when street protests failed to persuade Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to set a timeline for US forces to pull out of Iraq.
“Nassar al-Rubaie, a leading MP from Sadr’s movement, flanked by allies from his 32-strong parliamentary bloc, announced the Sadr bloc’s withdrawal at a Baghdad news conference, reading a statement from the cleric.
Mr Rubaie explained the move. ‘The main reasons are the Prime Minister’s lack of response to the demands of nearly one million people in Najaf asking for the withdrawal of US forces, and the deterioration in security and services,’ he said…”