Politician of Iraqia bloc escapes bomb attack in Baghdad

19:35, June 09, 2010      

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A politician from the cross- sectarian Iraqia List bloc headed by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi escaped with wounds from a bomb explosion near his car in southeastern Baghdad on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source said.

Abdul-Rahman Dawood, a politician from the Iraqia List, sustained wounds when a roadside bomb exploded near his car while he was driving in the al-Zaafaraniyah neighborhood in Baghdad in the morning, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Another person accompanying him was also wounded by the blast, the source said.

Three candidates from the Iraqia List have been assassinated recently, a female candidate before the general elections and two males after the polls. One of them was a seat-winner for the next parliament.

Allawi frequently complained that his bloc is under pressure of liquidations, arrests and de-Baathification measures.

On Tuesday, Allawi told reporters in Baghdad that he expects " more attacks and continuous pressures against the Iraqia List in the upcoming days to prevent it from using its constitutional right in forming the next government."

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 Iraqia's slender lead. However, the Iraqi politicians are still in fierce struggle over the formation of the new cabinet.

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

Source: Xinhua


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