Iraq high court approves March 7 election results

Iraq's Supreme Court certified the final results of a March 7 parliamentary election on Tuesday, an important step toward the formation of a new government.

Iraq high court approves March 7 election results

Iraq's Supreme Court certified the final results of a March 7 parliamentary election on Tuesday, an important step toward the formation of a new government.

The high court approval allows electoral blocs to begin serious negotiations to form a government after an election that produced no clear winner. A cross-sectarian coalition led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi won two more seats than a mainly Shi'ite group headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

"Based on the articles of the constitution we have decided to approve the election results," the court's chief judge, Midhat al-Mahmoud, said.

Maliki's State of Law bloc, which won 89 seats, has announced a union with the third-place finisher, the Iraqi National Alliance, to form a single bloc in parliament. Together the two groups would have 159 seats, just short of a majority.


Reuters

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