Monday, September 17, 2007


Al-Sadr to appoint new political board

(Voices of Iraq) - Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr instructed that a new political board should be appointed following the withdrawal of his group from the Shiite Unified Iraqi Coalition (UIC), an Iraqi legislator said. "The new board will be headed by Liwaa Semesam, the minister of tourism & antiquities who withdrew from the government," Falah Shanshal, a member of parliament from the Sadrist bloc, or Iraqis loyal to Sadr, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) on Sunday.
Shanshal revealed no further details about the new board. The Sadrists officially announced their resignation from the UIC on Saturday in Najaf. "The bloc discussed and approved the decision," Saleh al-Ubaidi, the spokesman for the Sadrist bloc, said during a press conference. The Sadrists currently hold 30 out of a total 275 seats in the Iraqi parliament.

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