03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sadr Bloc Pulls Out Of Iraq Ruling Coalition, Further Weakening Maliki Govt

The political movement loyal to anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr quit Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Alliance on Saturday, leaving Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition in a precarious position in parliament.

The move further weakens the ruling coalition, which even before the defection had failed to push through laws aimed at reconciling Iraq's warring majority Shi'ite and minority Sunni Arabs.

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