BAGHDAD – Results released by Iraq's election commission show a secular challenger has beaten the country's prime minister in parliamentary elections, positioning him to be the first to try to form a government.
The full election results show former prime minister Ayad Allawi winning 91 seats, edging out Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as results were released Friday for Iraq's 325-seat parliament.
The results mark a serious setback for al-Maliki but do not necessarily guarantee Allawi the prime minister's post, only the right to try to form a coalition government.
The results were based on numbers released by the election commission and compiled by The Associated Press. The commission released the seat allocation province-by-province and did not include an overall number of seats won by each coalition.
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Results released so far in Iraq's parliamentary election show Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki trailing his main rival, former prime minister Ayad Allawi. (continues here)