Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's alliance led partial preliminary election results Saturday in Baghdad, where the most parliamentary seats are up for grabs, according to the electoral commission.
Nine of Iraq's 18 provinces have announced early results, but it may be some time before a clear picture emerges of who will lead war-torn Iraq.
Al-Maliki's State of Law alliance garnered 159,000 votes, but only 18 percent of the votes have been counted in Iraq's capital, according to the Independent High Electoral Commission.
Millions of Iraqis defied the threat of violence Sunday to cast ballots in the parliamentary elections. Nearly two out of three eligible voters turned out. Some 38 people were killed in attacks on voting day.