It's an extraordinary thing to see Allawi's secular coalition party win the Iraqi election over the Maliki's sectarian, Shiite party.Excerpted from “Iyad Allawi's opposition slate wins most seats in Iraq election; Allawi's slate wins 91 seats to 89 for Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's faction. No group wins an outright majority in the 325-seat parliament, and Maliki calls for a partial recount.” By Ned Parker and Caesar Ahmed, Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2010 | 12:19 p.m.
Secular politician Iyad Allawi scored a narrow victory in Iraq's national elections, according to the full preliminary results announced Friday, kicking off what looks to be a drawn-out political struggle as Prime Minister Nouri Maliki insisted upon a partial recount of votes.
Allawi, a former prime minister, heads a list of Shiite and Sunni candidates and won seats around the nation. In contrast, Maliki failed to win any seats in Sunni provinces and relied on Baghdad and the south.
The margin of victory was razor-thin, with Allawi's slate gaining 91 seats to 89 for Maliki's faction. No group won an outright majority in the 325-seat parliament. …
Will there be a peaceful transition of power now?