IRAQ: Preliminary estimates on election results
With final results in Iraq's election set to be announced Friday, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and his secular rival, former Premier Iyad Allawi, are neck in neck in the race to form the next national government.
Whether the results will even stand has been clouded by Maliki's allegations of fraud and a demand for a recount.
Below are the US military's estimates on the final results based on the counting of 95 percent of the votes in the March 7th national election.
The projections put Maliki's State of Law coalition at 90 seats and Allawi's Iraqiya list at 87 seats.
Maliki's Shiite rivals in the Iraqi National Alliance are projected to win 70 seats and the main Kurdish blocs a total of 56 seats. It is a far-from-comfortable majority for forming the next government and would leave Maliki vulnerable to being unseated.
-- Ned Parker
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