Iraqi Sunnis Open To Backing New PM

Tribal leaders and clerics from Iraq’s Sunni heartland who staged a revolt against outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shia-led government would be willing to join the new administration if certain conditions are met, a spokesman for the group has said.

The spokesman, Taha Mohammed Al-Hamdoon, said on Friday Sunni representatives in Anbar and other provinces had drawn up a list of demands to be delivered to Haider al-Abadi, the moderate incoming prime minister.

He called for government and Shia militia forces to suspend hostilities to allow space for talks.

“It is not possible for any negotiations to be held under barrel bombs and indiscriminate bombing,” said Hamdoon in a telephone interview with the Reuters news agency.

“Let the bombing stop and withdraw and curtail the [Shia] militias until there is a solution for the wise men in these areas.”

Abadi faces the daunting task of pacifying Anbar province, where Sunni frustrations with Maliki’s sectarian policies have pushed some to join an insurgency led by Islamic State fighters, Reuters reported.


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