There were celebrations in Najaf as the Shi’ite-led United Iraqi Alliance was confirmed as the winner of last month’s parliamentary election. The official results released today contained no surprises but they have paved the way for negotiations between Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds as there was no overall majority. The alliance won 128 seats, the Kurdish party 53 seats and the main Sunni group, the Iraqi Accord Front – 44. The secular Iraqi National List will have some sway have taken 25 seats.
“The results were delayed because there were some problems but they were solved by the government, an all groups and God willing the results are very good,” another man said.International monitors have said the election was largely fair. The US hopes talks will lead to a stable government and accelerate the withdrawal of American troops.