The resignation move pushed the government into a new crisis undermining its efforts to reconcile Iraqis and end sectarian strife.The surge was supposed to curb sectarian violence in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq yet the civilian death toll has surged by one third in July AFTER the full surge was in place.
Fifty of Wednesday's dead were killed when a suicide bomber in a fuel truck packed with explosives targeted motorists at a petrol station.
The Sunni Accordance Front left Maliki's Shi'ite-led coalition over his failure to meet a list of about a dozen demands, including a greater say in security matters.
"The government was still ... closing the door on reforms which are needed to save Iraq," Accordance Front spokesman Rafei Issawi told a news conference, adding the government should have met its demands or "at least admit its failure".
Issawi said Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zobaie and five ministers would resign on Wednesday.
The Sunni Front's 44 members will remain in the 275-seat parliament. Its withdrawal will have little practical effect on the 15-month-old government, which is virtually paralysed by infighting but needs only a simple majority to keep functioning.
Look for the blame to be placed on General Petraeus when the surge fails. Last night Vice President Cheney appeared with Larry King and called the surge "The Petraeus Plan". Look for this to continue. We must remember that General Petraeus did not develop this plan but agreed to try to make it successful. The plan goes against his own counterinsurgency manual which called for much greater troop levels to quell violence during an insurgency.
The American people finally understand that this is Bush's War and no matter what it is called or who they try to blame, that fact will never change.