Iraq Election Results Inconclusive as Both Sides Claim Victory

Reports Have Iraqiya Netting Two More Seats

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The results of the Iraqi election are in, more or less, but exactly what happened and who won depends on who is speaking at the moment. Agence France Presse (AFP) is reporting that the secular Iraqiya bloc of Ayad Allawi has claimed a two seat victory over the State of Law bloc.

Reuters seems to agree that Iraqiya has more seats than State of Law, but the local Aswat al-Iraq initially reported a Maliki victory, but has since changed it to report an Allawi victory.

Making matters even more confusing, Prime Minister Maliki is said to have issued a statement declaring victory and assuring that his State of Law bloc would form the next government. He also claimed that the election results released today were “not final.”

Author: Jason Ditz

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