The Financial Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Ramzy Mardini on the gathering in Irbil of Iraq’s Sunni leadership to discuss removing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from power:

After decades of power within the ruling Ba’ath party, critics say the Sunni still do not play politics like a minority.

“They haven’t been able to adjust to their new inferior status, seeking overly ambitious demands while unable to coalesce around a single leader,” says Ramzy Mardini, an analyst at the Washington-based Atlantic council.


Sunni Arabs risk being used “like pawns in the great game between Erbil and Baghdad”, Mr Mardini warns.

“Iraq’s sectarian politics is like a game of musical chairs,” he says. “When the music stops, the Sunni are usually the ones left without a chair.”

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