Sunni legislators ending boycott of Iraqi parliament over colleague's abduction

[JURIST] A group of Sunni legislators known as the Iraqi Accordance Front [Aljazeera backgrounder] announced plans Tuesday to end their boycott of the Iraqi parliament [official website] after Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr [CFR profile] called for unity. Members of the Front - the largest Sunni bloc, holding 44 of the 275 seats in the National Assembly - will return to legislative sessions on Wednesday, said their leader, Adnan al-Dulaimi. The bloc walked out of parliament [CBC report] earlier this month after one of its members, Tayseer al-Mashhadani, was kidnapped by captors who demanded the release of all Shiite detainees [JURIST report], as well as an end to attacks on Shiite mosques and a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq [JURIST news archive].

Al-Mashhadani is still missing. Al-Sadr's militia has denied involvement in the kidnapping, despite the suspicions of many Sunnis. AP has more.

 

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