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Tensions high as Iraq awaits poll verdict

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Tensions high as Iraq awaits poll verdict


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.

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