Iraq sees bloodiest day this year as nationwide attacks kill at least 91 (3)

08:41, May 11, 2010      

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Security personnel and rescuers work at the site of a bomb attack that occurred in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad, May 10, 2010.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Monday's massive attacks came after Iraq's stalled political process began to move forward, as the country's electoral authorities announced Sunday they would send the initial poll results to the Supreme Court for ratification except those of Baghdad, where a recount is underway over alleged fraud.

On May 4, Iraq's two major Shiite parties, the State of Law alliance led by incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Iraqi National Alliance formed a coalition. With 159 seats, the new alliance became the largest in the 325-member parliament and got more chances of forming the new government.

The merging dealt a heavy blow to former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's Iraqia List, which took the most seats with 91 in the elections. The Sunni-backed secular bloc has not found major partners to set up a coalition.

Observers said if the Iraqia List is excluded from the new government, Iraq's minority Sunnis will feel politically marginalized again, potentially prompting a return to sectarian violence which peaked in 2006 and 2007 in the country.
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