BAGHDAD/ Aswat al-Iraq: Parliament Speaker Usama Nujaifi will leave for Arbil in undeclared visit.
Aswat al-Iraq correspondent reported that Nujaifi was seen at Baghdad International Airport where he mounted a plane heading for Arbil, accompanied by minister of agriculture Izzidin al-Doula, who is a member of Iraqiya bloc, headed by Iyad Alawi.
No reason was given for the sudden visit, at a time of a new crisis might erupt following the arrest of finance minister Rafi' al-Issawi's bodyguards.
Interior ministry announced today the implementation of judicial warrant to arrest 10 persons of finance minister's bodyguards, with prior knowledge of minister Rafi' al-Issawi.
Minister Issawi charged "militias" of kidnapping his bodyguards, calling Premier Nouri al-Maliki to protect them.
In a statement by the Interior Ministry, it added that only the wanted persons were arrested according to military discipline.
The arrest was made upon terrorism charges, while pro-Issawi elements called for peaceful demonstrations in Anbar province in his support.
Iraqiya bloc will hold an emergency session to discuss the current situation and its implications.Earlier, Minister Issawi called, few months ago, Maliki to resign and the parliament should activate withdrawing confidence from Maliki's government.