Gunmen kill politician of winning secular bloc

12:22, June 06, 2010      

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Unknown armed men shot dead a member of the Iraqia List bloc, headed by former prime minister Ayad Allawi, in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, a provincial police source said on Saturday.

Fares Jassim al-Jubouri, a candidate for Iraqia List who did not win a seat in the March 7 parliamentary polls, was killed when armed men in police uniform stormed his house overnight in the Mawali village, some 40 km west of Mosul, and shot him dead before they fled the scene, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

On May 24, Bashar al-Ouqeidi, a newly-elected member of parliament from Allawi's Iraqia List, was killed by unidentified gunmen in front of his house.

Allawi's secular list won the most 91 seats in the parliamentary elections, only two seats more than the State of Law alliance led by incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Iraq's Supreme Court on June 1 ratified the results of the election, confirming the slender lead of Iraqia List. But the country is still without a government, as Iraqi politicians are in fierce struggle over the formation of new cabinet.

Waves of high-profile attacks and sporadic attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities nearly three months after the landmark parliamentary election which is widely expected to shape the political landscape of the war-torn country.



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