At an extraordinary session of the parliament on Friday, politicians from both sides condemned the suicide attack and vowed to press forward with the political process, calling for unity against extremism.
There were also signs that Sunni insurgents had had enough of their erstwhile al-Qaeda allies.
"They have realised that those people are not working for Iraq's interests. They realised that their operations might destroy Iraq altogether,"
said Alaa Makki, a Sunni MP.
Other politicians indicated that the bombing had worked against al-Qaeda.
"The relationship between [Sunni and Shia MPs] is better than before, because now they have agreed to fight terrorism together,"
one commentator noted. Officials say three people, believed to be workers in the cafeteria where the bomb went off, have been detained.
The government has been rallying the tribes of Anbar province in the western desert against al-Qaeda, which appears to have made a tactical error by targeting tribal leaders who had been reluctant to join their bombing campaign against Shia civilians. The result has been a wave of clan-based retribution against the foreign terrorist network in the Sunni heartland.
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