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Iraq justice minister submits resignation over 'differences' in Maliki government

[JURIST] Iraqi Justice Minister Hashim Abderrahman al-Shebli told AP Saturday that he had submitted his resignation to the Cabinet Thursday, citing internal "differences" within the coalition government. Al-Shebli did not specify the particular "differences" that led to his decision to resign, but the secular Iraqi National List [BBC backgrounder] and Sunni representatives from the Iraqi Accord Front [BBC backgrounder] have disagreed with the Cabinet's decision to endorse a plan that will relocate and compensate the thousands of Arabs who were moved to the northern city of Kirkuk [JURIST news archive] during the "Arabization" phase of Saddam Hussein's Anfal Campaign [HRW backgrounder] against the Kurds in the late-1980s.

Al-Shebli, who will remain the acting justice minister until the Cabinet's response, is a Sunni Arab representative under the secular Iraqi National List. AP has more.

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