Iraqiya bloc ends boycott

A Sunni-backed political bloc ended its boycott of Iraq’s parliament Sunday, a boost for Prime Minister Nouri ­al-Maliki, a Shiite, as he tries to consolidate power in the wake of the U.S. troop departure. But key members of the bloc, Iraqiya, continue to boycott meetings of the cabinet, and Maliki has indicated that he will […]

Dan Morse reports for The Washington Post:

A Sunni-backed political bloc ended its boycott of Iraq’s parliament Sunday, a boost for Prime Minister Nouri ­al-Maliki, a Shiite, as he tries to consolidate power in the wake of the U.S. troop departure.

But key members of the bloc, Iraqiya, continue to boycott meetings of the cabinet, and Maliki has indicated that he will replace them if they do not return.