Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc announced its withdrawal from the government Wednesday, undermining Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's efforts to seek reconciliation among the country's rival factions.
"The Iraqi Accordance Front announces its withdrawal from the government of Nouri al-Maliki," Rafaa al-Issawi, a leading member of the Front, told reporters in Baghdad.
He said the bloc's six Cabinet ministers would submit their resignations later Wednesday.
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