KUT, Iraq, May 16 (UPI) — Tehran claimed an Iraqi court has issued an arrest warrant for former interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, though his party denied the allegation.
Allawi is at loggerheads with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki over the shape of the Iraqi government. Allawi’s party, Iraqiya, lays claim to several ministerial positions in the Maliki Cabinet, though many top positions in the government remain to be filled with new names.
A source told Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency on condition of anonymity that a court issued an arrest warrant for Allawi following a complaint made by a former member of the Iraqi Parliament.
A representative of Allawi’s party denied the claims that an arrest warrant was issued, though there was a case filed against the former leader in Iraq’s western Wasit province.
Maliki threatened in April to dissolve the government amid political wrangling that has lingered since parliamentary elections in March 2010.
Source: United Press International (UPI).