Iraqi PM says he will challenge election results

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's Prime Minister says he does not accept election results showing his secular challenger winning more seats in the country's parliamentary election.

Full results released Friday for Iraq's 325-seat parliament show former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi winning 91 seats, edging out Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki's 89 seats.

Al-Maliki told a news conference he would challenge the results.

The tally marks a serious setback for Al-Maliki but do not necessarily guarantee Allawi the Prime Minister's post, only the right to try to form a coalition government.

The results were based on numbers released by the election commission and compiled by the Associated Press. The commission released the seat allocation by but did not include an overall number of seats won.

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