Key Sunni Bloc Deserts Maliki

Defection deepens political crisis as suicide bombs kill 70
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2007 3:01 PM CDT
Firemen extinguish a fuel tanker that exploded near a gas station in the primarily Sunni Mansour neighborhood of western Baghdad, Iraq, killing at least 50 people and wounding 60, on Wednesday, Aug....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Sunni Accordance Front defected from Iraq's government today, accusing PM Nuri al-Maliki of being uncooperative, Reuters reports, on a day when suicide bombs killed more than 70 in Baghdad. "This is probably the most serious political crisis we have faced since the passage of the constitution,'' a deputy PM said of the troubled government.

Five cabinet members and a deputy PM are quitting, though their departure may have little practical impact on the Shi'ite-dominated government, which hailed the inclusion of a Sunni faction as a major step toward unity. On the capital's streets, a car bomb killed 50 at a gas station, with another 20 dying at an ice-cream shop.