Almost three weeks after Iraq’s general election, final results are still not known and feelings are running high.
Amid allegations of fraud, these supporters of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki took to the streets of the southern city of Basra, demanding a recount. But the request from the premier’s State of Law coalition has already been rejected.
Mansour Al-Timmimmi/State of Law coalition:
“The election commission must be neutral and try to find solutions,” he insists. “The suggested solutions are not difficult to achieve. The demand for a recount is perfectly normal.”
In a close-fought race, secularist former prime minister, Iyad Allawi is slightly ahead.
Maliki loyalists have doubts about the way the figures are being processed.
The results of a preliminary 100 per cent vote count are expected on Friday evening. Hopes the poll will help stabilise the country could be dashed if the outcome is contested.