Iraq MP says Nimr execution will fuel Sunni-Shi'ite strife -TV

by Reuters
Saturday, 2 January 2016 09:02 GMT

BAGHDAD, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr was intended to fuel Sunni-Shi'ite strife and "set the region on fire", a lawmaker from Iraq's ruling Shi'ite coalition told al-Sumaria TV on Saturday.

"This measure taken by the ruling family (of Saudi Arabia) aims at re-igniting the region, provoking sectarian fighting between Sunnis and Shi'ites," Mohammed al-Sayhud said, according to the TV station's website. (Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli and Stephen Kalin; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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