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Shi'ite Group Threatens to Quit Iraqi Government if PM Meets Bush


A Shi'ite member of Iraq's parliament says followers of radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will quit the national unity government if Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets with President Bush in Jordan next week.

Parliamentarian Qusai Abdul-Wahab issued a statement on behalf of the group Friday. He said the group would also withdraw if the security situation in Iraq does not improve.

Al-Sadr's followers hold six cabinet seats and have 30 members in the 275-member parliament.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Maliki are scheduled to meet Wednesday and Thursday in the Jordanian capital, Amman, to discuss the situation in Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.