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Victory confirmed for Iraq's Shi'ite Islamists

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Victory confirmed for Iraq's Shi'ite Islamists

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Shi’ite Islamists in Iraq are celebrating after final results confirmed their victory in elections last month. The Shi’ite Islamist Alliance won 128 seats in the poll, just short of a majority. The results now pave the way for talks on a national unity government with Kurd, Sunni and secular politicians. However, head of the Sunni National Dialogue Front, Salih Mutliq, said he hoped the line-up would not depend on results he says are “fraudulent”. The Kurdish bloc won 53 seats and former prime minister Iyad Allawi’s secular list won 25. The two main Sunni groups won 44 and 11 seats respectively.