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Recount of Baghdad ballots

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Iraq's Electoral Commission has started a manual recount of ballots for the Baghdad province in accordance with the wishes of the outgoing Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki.

The move could have a significant impact on the so far stalled post-election process of government formation in Iraq. In the results announced for the 325-member Parliament, Ayad Allawi's Iraqiyah party had secured a slender lead of two seats over Mr. Maliki's State of Law formation. However, the tally could change after manual recount for the 68 seats of Baghdad province is completed. In the electronic count of votes for the March 7 elections, Mr. Maliki's tally in the Baghdad province was 26 seats, while Mr. Allawi won 24. A spokesman of the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission said the results were expected in 11 days.

AP reports:

Iraqi election officials argued publicly with supporters of Prime Minister who demanded a halt to a partial recount of votes just as the process got under way on Monday, a sign of tensions over the measure that could change the outcome of the closely fought contest.

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