Bombs in Baghdad as political crisis deepens

Bombs in Baghdad as political crisis deepens


d sectarian tensions run high. Iraq's Shia, Sunni and Kurdish factions have been locked in political disputes since US troops
withdrew in December. Opponents of Shia prime minister Nouri al-Maliki have accused him of trying to consolidate
power at their expense. Call for early elections Underscoring the political dispute, Maliki warned on Wednesday that he would call for early
elections unless other political parties agree to negotiate to end a crisis over power-sharing. Maliki later clarified his threat, telling reporters that he was merely presenting early elections
as an option. "In fact, sometimes media misunderstand the issue," he said after a meeting of his National
Alliance bloc. "I did not call for early elections because this requires consultation within the
National Alliance and with some partners. I rather said, if problems are not solved on the
basis of dialogue, openness, and implementing the constitution... nothing would be left but
to go for early elections." Iraq's next parliamentary election is not scheduled until 2014, but the current coalition
government has been mired in political infighting since it was formed 18 months ago, after
an inconclusive 2010 vote. According to Iraq's constitution, the prime minister can petition the president's office to
dissolve the parliament and trigger early elections within 60 days.

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