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Saturday 2 August 2014

Maliki group 'leads Iraq election'

Published 19/05/2014|14:47

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Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition has emerged as the biggest winner in the country's election (AP)

A coalition led by Iraq's prime minister has emerged as the biggest winner in parliamentary elections, paving the way for him to try to form the country's next government.

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The results for the first parliamentary election since the US military withdrawal in 2011 were released today by the Independent High Electoral Commission.

They show that Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite State of Law bloc gained 92 seats in the 328-member parliament.

A list loyal to Shiite firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr came second with 28 seats, followed by powerful Shiite Ammar al-Hakim's list with 29 seats.

State of Law is not expected to command an outright majority, so Mr al-Maliki must now reach out to other blocs to try to form a ruling coalition - a process that could take months.

Press Association

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