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Supreme court ratifies March general election results

Iraq's supreme court has ratified the results of the country's March general election, paving the way for negotiations on a government coalition narrowly led by former premier Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya bloc.

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AFP - Iraq's supreme court on Tuesday ratified the results of the country's March general election, but barred two successful candidates from taking their seats, state television said.

The ratification of the result clears the path for a faster pace to negotiations over forming a new government in Baghdad, which nearly three months after the polls still lacks a new administration.

It was not immediately clear who would take the place of the two barred candidates, but the supreme court made clear that their replacements would be selected from within their own bloc.

Ex-premier Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya bloc won the most seats in the election, securing 91 seats in the 325-member Council of Representatives. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law alliance took 89 seats while the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), led by Shiite religious groups, won 70.

Of the two candidates barred from their seats, one was a serving military officer while the other had received a prison sentence. They were members of Iraqiya and the INA respectively.

 

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