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The official results aren't in yet, nor are any preliminary returns, but that isn't stopping the United Iraqi Alliance backed by fundamentalist Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Sistani from claiming victory -- and an overwhelming one at that:
"Officials in the United Iraqi Alliance believe their bloc of mainly Shi'ite parties has won almost half of the 275 assembly seats, based on their own exit polls and 13,000 monitors.
"Iraqis may have to wait days for the Electoral Commission to declare the results, but if those projections are correct, the Alliance could link with smaller parties to build a two-thirds majority in parliament, enough to choose Iraq's new leaders.
"Party exit polls suggest voters ignored most of the 111 choices on their bulky and bewildering ballot papers and plumped for one of three main blocs in contention for power.
"A Kurdish grouping is expected to come second behind the United Iraqi Alliance, with a secular bloc led by Shi'ite interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi likely to take third place."
Originally posted by esdad71
LAst I heard the absentee ballots from Detriot were not fully counted, and the NAACP is asking about the black vote.....
Originally posted by Nygdan
no one 'wins' this election tho, they just get put inot the National Assembly. It'd be extremely unlikey for al-Sistani to not be in that Assembly. I doubt that the Kurds will be surprised, or the Sunnis. Their representatives will also be there too.
Originally posted by Kriz_4
It isn't hard to guess which branch of the Muslim religion is going to end up ruling.