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Iraqi Recount Confirms Victory Of Allawi

From a disconsolate Associated Press:

An employee of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tallies votes at a counting station in Baghdad March 7, 2010.

Recount affirms narrow victory of Iraqi challenger

By Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press Writer

May 16, 2010

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s electoral commission on Sunday affirmed the victory of a Sunni-backed bloc in the March election after a partial recount of votes in Baghdad failed to back up the Shiite prime minister’s claims of fraud.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki demanded the recount after losing out by two seats to challenger Ayad Allawi. Baghdad province accounts for so many seats in parliament that a significant change in the vote tally could have tilted the overall results in al-Maliki’s favor.

"I hope that all political blocks are satisfied now that the electoral process was honest and all allegations of fraud and forgery were totally incorrect," electoral official Qassim al-Abboudi told reporters.

Finally, there will be an end to any terrorism by ‘insurgents.’ The US have effectively withdrawn and the elections are settled.

How will the AP and the rest of the media explain away any further violence?

The recount of the 2.5 million Baghdad votes and other challenges to the March 7 election have prevented the seating of Iraq’s new 325-member parliament and raised fears that insurgents will try to exploit the political vacuum caused by the prolonged political bickering to unleash a new wave of violence just as U.S. troops prepare to go home.

While the recount results were a setback for al-Maliki, they do not give Allawi the mandate to form the next government. Neither coalition has been able to secure the 163-seat majority needed to do so

Oh, the joys of parliamentarian government.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

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