The Association of Muslim Scholars on Friday called on Sunni politicians to quit the government and parliament, a day after the Shiite interior minister issued an arrest warrant for the association's leader.
Association spokesman Abdul-Salam al-Kubaisi said the arrest warrant was a cover for "the acts of the government's security agencies that kill dozens of Iraqis every day."
Al-Kubaisi called for "political groups to withdraw from parliament and the government, which has proven that it is not a national government."
Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi also condemned the arrest warrant saying "it is destructive to the national reconciliation plan."
In a statement, Al-Hashimi urged the government to cancel the warrant immediately.
Al-Kubaisi, the association's spokesman, also called on Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mousa to condemn "this cowardly act" because as contrary to league attempts to promote reconciliation among the country's Shiites and Sunnis.