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Iraq court approves election result
Supreme court approval of March 7 results pave way for formation of new government.
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2010 10:47 GMT
Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya had a two-seat lead
over al-Maliki's bloc [AFP]

Iraq's supreme court has approved the final results of March 7 parliamentary elections, an important step towards the formation of a new government.

Tuesday's approval from the high court allows electoral blocs to begin negotiations on forming a government, after elections produced no clear winner.

"Based on the articles of the constitution we have decided to approve the election results," Midhat al-Mahmoud, the court's chief judge, said.

The final certification of the results have come nearly three months after an election many Iraqis hoped would lead to stability and an end to sectarian conflict.

A cross-sectarian coalition led by Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, won two more seats than a mainly Shia bloc headed by Nouri al-Maliki, the incumbent premier.

Close contest

Al-Maliki's State of Law bloc won 89 seats in Iraq's 325 seat parliament compared with Allawi-led Iraqiya's 91 seats.

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Al-Maliki has a announced a union between his party and the Iraqi National Alliance, which finished third.

Together, this two party bloc will control 159 seats, just short of a parliamentary majority.

Allawi has warned that an alliance excluding his Iraqiya party, which has strong support from the minority Sunni community, could trigger renewed sectarian violence. 

One candidate from the Iraqi National Alliance was not approved, as the court awaited information from the electoral commission surrounding his candidacy.

With the court's approval of election results, the president now has 15 days to call the new parliament to convene. 

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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