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    Iyad Allawi's opposition slate wins most seats in Iraq election

    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. …
    It's an extraordinary thing to see Allawi's secular coalition party win the Iraqi election over the Maliki's sectarian, Shiite party.

    Will there be a peaceful transition of power now?
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    Re: Iyad Allawi's opposition slate wins most seats in Iraq election

    Hope so. I'd like to see some good come of this mess. Not to mention the lives and money we save by getting our troops home.
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    Re: Iyad Allawi's opposition slate wins most seats in Iraq election

    One day they will write songs about America, and George Bush, in Iraq. Freedom and liberty aren't easily attained, and the children of today's Iraqis may one day benefit in ways they're parents can't even fathom.

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    The irony is that the songs will probably be about Barack Obama and not George Bush. But, hey, our boys (and girls) will finally be out of there.
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    Re: Iyad Allawi's opposition slate wins most seats in Iraq election

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    The irony is that the songs will probably be about Barack Obama and not George Bush. But, hey, our boys (and girls) will finally be out of there.
    Please. Obama would have never lent a hand.

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    Re: Iyad Allawi's opposition slate wins most seats in Iraq election

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Please. Obama would have never lent a hand.
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    Re: Iyad Allawi's opposition slate wins most seats in Iraq election

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    It's an extraordinary thing to see Allawi's secular coalition party win the Iraqi election over the Maliki's sectarian, Shiite party.

    Will there be a peaceful transition of power now?
    First Maliki is going to demand a recount

    Secondly

    Allawi's party gets the first chance to form a national government. Which is very unlikely

    He willl need at least one of the three following parties to join his in an alliance to form the government.

    Maliki'shood
    or Sadr's

    All are Shiite parties, none of which are likely to ally with Allawi

    Meaning the likelyhood of Allawi or Maliki forming the next government are quite small now
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