April 19th, 2010
07:49 AM ET

Baghdad province votes will be recounted

The votes in Baghdad province in the March 7th Iraq parliamentary elections will be recounted, officials with the Independent High Electoral Commission told CNN Monday.

The decision was a response to an appeal from Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki's State of Law coalition, the officials said.

This decision could affect the narrow difference between the two winners in the elections. Former interim prime minister Ayad Allawi's coalition won with only two seats more than al-Maliki's alliance.

There are concerns that a delay in the formation of a government could lead to a political vacuum and an increase in violence reminiscent of the escalation in sectarian violence in early 2006 while the government was being formed.

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