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Iraq cabinet bars ministers, testing coalition

Ahmed Rasheed reports for Reuters:

Iraq's Shi'ite-led government on Tuesday barred three ministers from a Sunni-backed bloc who had been boycotting cabinet meetings; the formal decision to keep them away is likely to further test a fragile power-sharing deal.

The measure targeted Sunni-backed Iraqiya, which has sought to boycott parliament and the cabinet since Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the arrest of the country's Sunni vice-president, heightening fears of an upsurge in sectarian violence after last month's withdrawal of U.S. forces.

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