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 / Updated  / Source: Reuters

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki offered an amnesty on Wednesday to tribes who fought the government, but excluded those who had "killed and shed blood."

"I announce the offer of the amnesty pardon for all tribes and for all people who were involved in acting against state to return to their sanity, and they are welcome," Maliki said in his weekly televised address. "We will not exclude anyone except those who killed and shed blood." Maliki added that he hoped to overcome the challenges blocking the formation of a new government, a day after the new parliament's first session ended without agreement on top government posts.

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