Partial results show Maliki leading in Basra

10:43, March 16, 2010      

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Incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's bloc is leading in the 84 percent counted votes of the total in Basra, the electoral commission said Monday.

According to the figures released by Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), Maliki's State of Law coalition won 341,667 votes followed by the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), led by Shiite religious parties, with 188,435 votes.

The Iraqia List led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi came the third with 57,496 votes.

The IHEC released partial results of all the 18 provinces in Iraq Sunday. Maliki's bloc has taken strong lead in seven provinces.

Source: Xinhua
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