Amid pro-Maliki protests, Allawi coalition named winner

jos_iraq_election_result_announcement-300x202The full preliminary results from Iraq’s recent parliamentary elections point to the victory of the coalition led by former premier Iyad Allawi over its main rival and incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. According to the Shiite News Monitoring Desk, Securing 91 seats in the  325-member Council of Representatives, two more than those won by Maliki’s State of Law coalition, Allawi’s secular al-Iraqiya Alliance backed by Saudia Arabia and United States came victorious out of the March 7 elections, Iraqi electoral officials announced on Friday. Allawi’s bloc won 91 seats and the State of Law coalition gained 89. The Iraqi National Alliance, dominated by Shiite parties, got 70 seats and a Kurdish alliance got 43. Mr Allawi, a secular Shia and former loyalist of Saddam, will need to form a coalition government as he lacks a majority, amid fears the results may spark violence. Political observers believed that Saudia and America backed Iraqiya coalition led by Ayad Allawi will not able to form the coalition government as the other coalitions have not interested to form the government with Saddam loyalist. According to the Shiite News Correspondent from Baghdad says the coalition with the largest seats will be given “a first shot” to form a government which must hold at least a majority of 163 seats in the council. According to the Iraqi constitution, if Allawi fails to do so within 30 days, the Iraqi president, who is elected by parliament, will designate the leader of another political list to form a coalition government. Following the results announcement, Allawi pledged to “work with all sides” to form a coalition government. More than 6,200 candidates from six major coalitions and several other tribal and ethnic minority groups vied for the parliamentary seats on March 7, with Allawi and Maliki deemed as the main contenders. Prior to the announcement, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki supporters took to the streets, echoing the call by the premier and President Jalal al-Talabani who had requested recount of the ballots. 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 to the federal court. “The electoral commission refused our demand for a manual recount and insisted on refusing despite the demand of the president and my demands as a prime minister and the commander in chief of the armed forces,” al-Maliki told reporters. “The reasons behind their refusal were unknown.” However after the announcement Maliki says that the results are not yet final, AFP reported. Speaking directly after the figures released by the electoral commission, Mr Maliki challenged the result and repeated his call for the electoral commission to recount the vote. He added that his bloc would press ahead with plans to form the new government. He demanded that the controversial de-Baathficiation law, under which those with links to Saddam Hussain’s Baath party are excluded from public office, should be applied to candidates who won seats in the parliament. This is while the United Nations representative in the country called the electoral process “credible” and a “success” and urged the candidates to “accept the results.”


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