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Iraq's Sunni Cabinet ministers suspended

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi official says ministers from the Sunni-backed bloc have been suspended from the Cabinet after boycotting its sessions. That could deepen a sectarian-based government crisis with the dominant Shiite party.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh says the ministers are no longer "allowed to manage ministries, and all decisions that will be signed by them are invalid."

They have been boycotting to protest an arrest warrant issued against the top Sunni politician, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi.

Al-Dabbagh said Tuesday in a statement that ministers from the Iraqiya bloc would be allowed back into the Cabinet if they end their boycott.

Sectarian violence has also spiked in the month since U.S. troops completed their withdrawal from Iraq.

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