Monday, May 17, 2010

Allawi holds on to 'win' after Iraqi poll recount

But not by much.

A CROSS-SECTARIAN coalition led by secularist former prime minister Iyad Allawi held its two-seat win in Iraq's 7 March election after a recount of votes cast in Baghdad, election officials said yesterday.

But the poll victory of Mr Allawi's Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, confirmed by an 11-day recount of 2.5 million votes cast in the Iraqi capital, stood on shaky ground as Iraq's two major Shiite coalitions have already announced an alliance to form the
largest bloc in parliament.

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