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article imagePreliminary results show Allawi wins most seats in Iraq election

By Andrew Moran     Mar 26, 2010 in World
Baghdad - Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's Sunni bloc won the most seats in Iraq's election, according to preliminary results. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was second place.
After nearly three weeks of counting votes from the Mar. 7 election, the preliminary numbers are in from all provinces across Iraq and they show former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and his alliance winning the most seats in Iraq’s parliamentary election, according to Reuters.
The numbers were announced at a press conference held by the Independent High Electoral Commission as Allawi’s secular Iraqiya alliance won 91 seats and the Prime Minister’s Shiite Muslim State of Law alliance claimed 89 seats, reports Bloomberg News.
No group came close to winning the majority of the 325 votes to form a government, which will force the parties to build a coalition.
“We will work with the winners and losers to form a government,” Allawi said after the results were announced on live television, according to the New York Times. “We will not exclude anyone. Our coalition is open to all.”
As the election results came in, the Associated Press reports that 20 people were killed in twin bombings at a restaurant in a city north of Baghdad. Around 65 people were woudned.
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