March 13th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

Prime minister's group leads in Baghdad early vote count

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.

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  1. jefro bates

    Our U.S. Govt. is run with bi-partisan bickering and corruption at every level.
    This is equally shared ny both Republicans and Democrats.
    Why on Earth would we want to force this on other Countries.
    Let the people of Iraq fight their own battles.
    We invaded their country for an invalid reason.
    WE had to take down Afghanistan, but George W.Bush lies us all into IRAQ.

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