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Former Iraqi premier Ayad Allawi's political bloc on Tuesday demanded that parliamentary polls – results of which were officially announced yesterday – be repeated, claiming that the vote was rigged.
"There were many cases of vote-rigging and other violations," Entessar Allawi, a spokesperson for the former PM's Wataniya bloc, told Anadolu Agency.
"We reported all the violations to the electoral commission, but our complaints were ignored," she said.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's alliance won the parliamentary poll – held on April 30 – but fell short of securing a majority, Iraq's election commission announced on Monday.
Al-Maliki's State of Law alliance won 93 out of 328 parliamentary seats, compared to 89 seats in 2010 polls – which had forced him to align with other parliamentary blocs in order to form a government.
Al-Maliki needs support from 165 lawmakers to lead the next government in what would be his third term as prime minister.
Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr's Al-Ahrar coalition, meanwhile, trailed second with 31 seats, followed by the Al-Muwatin bloc led by Shiite leader Ammar al-Hakim, which managed to clinch 29 seats.
Allawi's electoral list, which had been neck-and-neck with al-Maliki's alliance in 2010 polls, won only 22 seats in the April polls – which represented Iraq's first elections since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011.
On April 30, some 12 million Iraqis – except those in the violence-wracked Anbar province – cast ballots in parliamentary polls contested by a total of 9200 candidates.Last Mod: 20 Mayıs 2014, 15:48