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.

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