Iraq Political Crisis Fans Sunni Fears Of Marginalisation, ‘Dictatorship’ [View all]
By Mohamad Ali Harissi - BAGHDAD
A political crisis coupled with moves for more autonomy by Iraq's Sunnis is fanning the minority's fears of marginalisation with all US troops having left the country, experts say.
In the past four days, a warrant has been issued against Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi; premier Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, said his Sunni deputy should be fired; and the main Sunni bloc has boycotted cabinet and parliament, decrying the government as a "dictatorship".
And over the past two months, three Sunni-majority provinces in central and western Iraq have pushed for greater federalism of the style enjoyed by the Kurdistan region in the country's north.
All of this comes with the US military having completed their withdrawal from Iraq at the weekend.