17 May 2010

Baghdad result upheld after recount of votes

6:02 am on 17 May 2010

The electoral commission in Iraq has upheld parliamentary election results in Baghdad and the surrounding area after a partial recount.

The recount by hand of all 2.5 million ballots cast in the capital, took almost two weeks.

It was requested by incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, whose coalition came second in the poll.

An overall two-seat lead held by Mr Maliki's challenger, Iyad Allawi is intact.

The BBC reports the final tally of the votes will now be sent to the federal court for ratification.

A broad coalition including Shias, Sunnis and Kurds - now seems the most likely outcome.