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Allawi accuses Iran of election interference
Iyad Allawi, Iraqiya leader: "Iran is interfering quite heavily"
Iyad Allawi, the man who won Iraq's parliamentary elections, has accused Iran of trying to prevent him from becoming prime minister.
The leader of the secular alliance that narrowly won this month's poll told the BBC that Tehran was interfering directly in Iraq's electoral process.
His Iraqiyya bloc beat the rival State of Law alliance of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki by just two seats.
Both the UN and US envoys to Iraq have said the 7 March poll was credible.
But Mr Maliki has said he will challenge the count through the courts.
Despite winning the election, Mr Allawi is a long way short of the majority he needs to form a government, says the BBC's Andrew North in Baghdad.
Much of his support came from Iraq's Sunni minority, our correspondent adds, but most of the parties he would need to back him represent Iraq's Shia majority, and have close ties to Iran.
Difficulty governing?
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Allawi said it was "very clear" that Iran was trying to stop him from becoming prime minister.
I'm afraid Iraq will be driven towards civil collapse or a regional war, other people are more optimistic, believing Iraq can be rebuilt
Afaf, 21, from Baghdad

Iraqi voters' uncertainty lingers
"Iran is interfering quite heavily and this is worrying," he said.
He accused the Iranian government of interfering by inviting all the major parties to Tehran for talks, except his own Iraqiyya bloc.
"They have invited everybody - but they haven't invited us - to Tehran," he said.
He said he was concerned Tehran was also influencing a commission that has been vetting candidates for ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath party, which may disqualify more of his supporters.
Some are likely to see Mr Allawi's comments as an excuse for the possibility he may not be able to form a government, says our correspondent.
While many Shias backed him, others are suspicious of his past links to the Baath party.
The Iranian embassy in Baghdad declined to comment.
'Largest bloc'
According to final results published by Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), Mr Allawi's secular Iraqiyya bloc won 91 of the Council of Representative's 325 seats, 72 short of a majority.
Mr Maliki's State of Law came second with 89 seats, followed by the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) on 70, and the Kurdistan Alliance with 43.
Iraqiyya's narrow victory means Mr Allawi, a Shia, will be given the first opportunity to form a coalition government.
If he fails to do so within 30 days, Iraq's president will ask the leader of another bloc.
There is concern that a challenge to the election result could be lengthy and divisive, endangering progress towards greater stability.
Sectarian violence erupted in 2005 as politicians took months to form a government after the last parliamentary election.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8595207.stm

Who are the main players?
A large number of political groups and alliances have competing for the support of Iraqi voters. Here are some of the main ones:
• State of Law coalition
This alliance is led by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and ostensibly cuts across religious and tribal lines.
• Iraqi National Alliance (INA)
This mainly Shia alliance is seen as one of the biggest rivals to the prime minister's coalition and includes the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
• Kurdish alliance
The Kurdish coalition is dominated by the two parties administering Iraq's northern, semi-autonomous Kurdish region.
• Al-Iraqiyya (Iraqi National Movement)
This alliance includes the national Vice-President, Tariq al-Hashemi, a Sunni Arab, former prime minister Iyad Allawi, a secular Shia, and senior Sunni politician Saleh al-Mutlaq, who has been barred from standing.
• Unity of Iraq Coalition
This group brings together a range of significant political figures, including Interior Minister Jawad Bolani and a leader of the Sunni anti-al-Qaeda militia in al-Anbar province, Ahmad Abu-Risha.
• Iraqi Accord Front/Al-Tawafuq Front
The Iraqi Accord Front, an alliance of parties led by Sunni politicians, has recently suffered splits and defections. It includes the Speaker of parliament Ayad al-Samarrai.
• Tribal leaders
Tribal leaders will play an important role in the election and have been courted by major parties. Some Sunni tribal leaders sprang to prominence when US forces began backing local leaders against al-Qaeda in 2006.
• Minorities
Smaller minorities, including Turkmen, Christians, Yazidis, Sabeans, Shabak and others, are likely to ally with bigger electoral lists in areas where they are not dominant.

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Maliki is block in Iraq coalition merger talks
(Reuters) - Disagreement over a second term for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is snarling merger talks between his coalition and a fellow Shi'ite bloc with close ties to Iran, sources close to the talks said on Tuesday.
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Maliki's State of Law (SOL) coalition is negotiating a possible union with the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), which includes anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, to form the largest bloc in Iraq's next parliament. The Sadrists' strong election showing makes Sadr a potential kingmaker.
An alliance between the two major Shi'ite parties could push former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's cross-sectarian Iraqiya coalition, the top vote-getter in Iraq's March 7 election, to the sidelines. That could anger Sunnis who voted for Allawi and deepen Iraq's sectarian divide.
Sadrist sources have said Maliki, who launched a crackdown on Sadr's Mehdi Army militia in 2008, cannot be the merged bloc's nominee for prime minister.
"There is a big worry among us because SOL is insisting on nominating Maliki as prime minister," said an INA candidate who is close to the negotiations and asked not to be named.
The Iraqiya bloc headed by the secularist Allawi took 91 seats in the election to 89 for Maliki's second-placed State of Law.
The close race promised weeks of difficult and potentially divisive talks to form a government following a vote Iraqis hoped would stabilize their country after years of war.
Iraq's minority Sunnis were marginalized when the Shi'ite majority rose to power after the 2003 U.S. invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
The main obstacle the two coalitions are facing now in their negotiations is how they will choose the next prime minister, officials said. INA wants them to reach a political accord on a nominee, while State of Law said the issue should be decided by a vote.
"They insist on picking the next prime minister according to the results of a vote. This is unacceptable because they have 89 votes and their candidate will win even if they nominate a toy," the INA source said.
SOL officials said they had shown flexibility on the issue of Maliki but he was still their only candidate.
"The prime minister is not insisting on being the obligatory candidate before the negotiations start but he is the sole candidate of the SOL," said Ali al-Alaq, a prominent leader of Maliki's Dawa Party.
A merger of State of Law and INA would take the two blocs close to the 163 seats needed to form a government.
This could leave Sunnis vulnerable after they turned out in force at the polls. Their participation was considered a key to Iraq's future stability after the sectarian bloodshed that engulfed the country in 2006-07.
Maliki made concessions to the Sadrists in recent days, including an offer to release their detainees in Iraqi and American jails.
MIGRATION TO IRAN
Major players in Iraqi politics have trooped to Shi'ite neighbor Iran in recent days, leading to concerns that Tehran was trying to influence the formation of a government.
Representatives of State of Law, Kurdish officials, Sadrists and the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (ISCI), a party formed in exile in Iran and the other main component of INA, traveled to Iran on Friday to meet Sadr, according to INA sources.
In an interview with the BBC, Allawi said it was clear that Iran was trying to stop him from becoming Iraq's prime minister.
"Iran is interfering quite heavily and this is worrying," Allawi told the BBC.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, and Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a senior member of ISCI, were also in Tehran on Friday, the day Iraq announced vote results.
Iraqiya criticized the rush to Iran and said it might produce alliances based on sectarian affiliations, not political ones. But the group said it too would send a delegation to Iran.
"There will be a high-level delegation to visit the neighbor countries, including Iran, and we hope that the delegation will meet al-Sadr," said Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, an Iraqiya candidate.

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Allawi is non-iran

maliki is in bed with iran


I'll take Allawi!!!

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Suck it up Maliki --You lost-the people of Iraq told you they don't want you. GO TO Iran and sleep there and let someone run Iraq who knows how.. Gezzzzz

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