No change in Baghdad vote result after Iraq recount

Iraq's vote recount in Baghdad did not change the parliamentary seat allocation, election officials said on Sunday.

No change in Baghdad vote result after Iraq recount

Iraq's vote recount in Baghdad did not change the parliamentary seat allocation, election officials said on Sunday, leaving the cross-sectarian coalition led by former prime minister Iyad Allawi with the most seats.

Electoral authorities began a manual recount of votes in Baghdad, which accounts for 68 seats in Iraq's 325-member Council of Representatives, on May 3, nearly two months after the March 7 general election.

The recount followed a successful appeal by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who alleged he had lost votes because of violations at polling centres in the capital during the ballot.

The unchanged results mean that ex-premier Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya bloc remains in first place with 91 seats, followed closely by Maliki's State of Law alliance with 89.

While Allawi has insisted that winning the close election gave him the first opportunity to form a new government, Maliki's bloc has already announced an alliance with the Shi'ite Iraqi National Alliance, the third-place finisher, to form the largest grouping in parliament.

"There is a change, but not a significant change, for the (candidates) inside the blocs. For example, Omar can replace Mohammed ... but the number of the seats stays as is, there is no change," Saad al-Rawi, one of nine commissioners on the Independent High Electoral Commission, told Reuters.

The Iraqi National Alliance, led by Shiite religious groups, was third with 70.

State of Law and the INA announced earlier this month that they would form a coalition, leaving them four seats short of a parliamentary majority.

Agencies

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