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Allawi's supporters celebrate election victory

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Celebrations are getting underway in Baghdad following the victory of Iyad Allawi in Iraq’s parliamentary elections.
 
Without an overall majority, Allawi has invited all political parties to join him in a broad-based government, saying it was important that coalition negotiations are concluded rapidly.
 
“The page must turn”, he said “because the stability of Iraq is connected with the stability of the region.”
 
Forming a government may not prove easy though for Allawi. Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is contesting the election result and may also seek to stay on in power by forming a rival coalition with the third placed party, the Iraqi National Alliance, whose leadership includes influential Shi-ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.