Allawi's bloc leads in Iraq vote tally after 95 pct count

Election officials said they would announce a preliminary 100 percent count on Friday.

Allawi's bloc leads in Iraq vote tally after 95 pct count

Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's coalition remained in the lead on Sunday after electoral officials released a new preliminary count of 95 percent of the vote from Iraq's March 7 parliamentary election.

The election is Iraq's second for a full four-year parliament under the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. President Barack Obama has promised to withdraw all US troops from Iraq by the end of next year.

Allawi's Iraqiya bloc led Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his State of Law coalition by about 11,000 votes, according to the latest count from the Independent High Electoral Commission.

Election officials said they would announce a preliminary 100 percent count on Friday.

The biggest bloc in Iraq's next parliament wins the right to try to form a government but seats are allocated to coalitions according to votes won province-by-province, not by the national popular vote. The exact allocation of seats might not be known for weeks.
 

Reuters

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