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Iraq PM Maliki's election bloc wins most seats, but short of majority

Published on May 19, 2014 9:29 PM
Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki shows his ink marked finger as he votes during parliamentary election in Baghdad April 30, 2014. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's electoral bloc won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary polls, results released on Monday showed, but he fell short of an overall majority. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki won the most seats in Iraq's elections but fell short of a majority, leaving him in the driver's seat to retain his post despite vocal opposition.

The results from the election commission showed Mr Maliki's State of Law alliance garnered 92 out of 328 parliamentary seats, with the incumbent himself winning more than 721,000 personal votes.

Both were by far the highest such figures from the April 30 election. But he still fell short of a majority, meaning he will have to win the support of rivals from across the communal spectrum, some of whom have sharply criticised Mr Maliki and refused to countenance his bid for a third term in office.

State of Law won 30 seats in Baghdad alone, and came first in 10 provinces overall, all of them in the bloc's traditional heartland in the Shiite-majority south of the country.

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