Sunday, February 13, 2005

Shia coalition wins Iraq election

A Shia-dominated coalition won nearly half of the 8.5 million votes cast in Iraq's election, poll officials say.
The alliance of Kurdish parties was in second place with about 26%, while the party of interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi was third with about 14%.
There is now a three day period for complaints to be lodged. If none are upheld, the results become official.
The Iraqi election commission said turnout was about 58%, but much of the Sunni minority did not take part.
A coalition of religious Shia Muslim candidates, assembled by the Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, won more than 48% of the vote. Link

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