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Al-Sadr loyalists suspend membership in parliament, Cabinet over Amman summit

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Lawmakers and Cabinet ministers loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have suspended participation in parliament and the government to protest Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's meeting with President Bush on Wednesday.

A statement issued by the 30 lawmakers and five Cabinet ministers said their action was necessary because the meeting constituted a "provocation to the feelings of the Iraqi people and a violation of their constitutional rights."

The statement did not explain that claim.

Al-Maliki and Bush were meeting later in the day in Amman, the Jordanian capital, seeking ways to end the violence in Iraq.

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