March 26th, 2010
01:59 PM ET

Allawi's coalition gets most seats in Iraq election

Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya coalition won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to results issued Friday by Iraqi election officials.

Allawi's bloc edged out Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition by two seats in the final count of Iraq's March 7 national election for the 325-member parliament, the officials said.

Allawi's bloc won 91 seats and the State of Law coalition gained 89. Now Allawi needs to begin the tough work of gathering at least 163 seats
to forge a coalition government.

Allawi, who served as prime minister in 2004, is a secular Shiite whose bloc includes prominent Sunni Arab politicians, including Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi.

Al-Maliki has asked for a manual recount as members of his State of Law coalition and other blocs have alleged voter fraud as the margin of votes separating the candidates has narrowed. He has pledged to appeal the results.

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  1. William Colbridge

    Al-Maliki's supporters are just being sore losers and trying to create a problem because they don't want to give up power. If you check the facts you'll see that Al-Maliki only brought up the re-count issue when the results showed that Allawi was ahead and might win. Before that they, had no problems whatsoever! this proves that their complaints are not valid at all, state of law???? yeah right, get over it and move on!!!!!!

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