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Iraqi PM al-Maliki leading in Iraqi elections, sweeps votes in Baghdad

jos_iraq_al_maliki_electionPartial results of Iraqi Elections, now in from all Iraqi provinces, shows Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s bloc State of Law Coalition is leading in the parliamentary elections. According to the Shiite News Correspondent, With more than 60 percent of the votes counted from 18 provinces of Iraq, Shiite Islamic Dawa Party’s leader Maliki’s State of Law alliance is ahead in seven key provinces including Basra and Karbala. His bloc is also ahead in the capital Baghdad. His lead is followed by the Shia parties Iraqi National Alliance and former Secular Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s Iraqiya bloc. Iraqiya is leading in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk and Anbar province. No single bloc is expected to get the majority of the votes to form a government. However, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has swept the vote in the country’s largest province, Baghdad, early results from parliamentary elections show. With 60 percent of ballots counted, the prime minister’s State of Law Coalition bagged 518,203 votes, with the Iraqiya bloc of secular ex-premier Iyad Allawi coming in second with 453,028, AFP reported Monday. The Iraqi National Alliance (INA), a coalition of Shia religious groups, was in third place with around 323,975 votes, according to the report. More than 6,200 candidates from six major coalitions and several other tribal and minority groups contested the parliamentary elections on March 7.  The leader within the State of Law’s Coalition Adnan al-Saraj said that discussions are being held now among leaders from the Iraqi National Alliance and the Kurdistani Alliance as well as the Iraqiya Slate in Kurdistan Region after announcement of the initial results of the elections.

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