March 21st, 2010
03:34 AM ET

Iraqi PM calls for manual vote recount

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called for a manual recount of the votes cast in the country's tight parliamentary elections, saying he is asking for it to "preserve the integrity of the electoral process."

Votes from the election are still being tallied and the race is too close to call. A secular bloc is ahead in the overall count of votes, although al-Maliki's coalition remained in front with the lead in several provinces.

In a statement released Saturday, al-Maliki said he was calling for the recount as the chief executive directly responsible for the planning and execution of the country's policies.

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  1. Joseph Agunbiade

    Al-Maliki, your call for a recount is embarrassing. Should your opponents able to rig the election in which you are the Chief Executive, you must have lost control of your entire governance. Be willing to accept the result of this acclaimed free and fair election.

    March 21, 2010 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lawrence

    Here I hope they can cease bombing each other, quit shooting long enough to do it right. This would be a good time for the US to back off and shut up.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Deryk Houston

    I meant to say in my last posting..... That it is important that this is "NOT" simply rammed through to meet an artificial deadline.

    March 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |