04/01/2010, 00.00
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Baghdad, Judiciary Committee could reverse outcome of elections

Uncertainty remains on the outcome of the vote. The rejection of six members, linked to the former regime of Saddam Hussein, threatens to nullify Allawi’s victory. The former US-backed premier, speaks of a "political decision" and denounces Tehran's interference.

Baghdad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Iraqi election results are not yet certain. The victory, to the last seat, of the secular Iraqiya list of former Shia premier Iyad Allawi is threatened by the Commission of Justice and Responsibility, whose decision could reverse the outcome of the polls.  

The body, called to verify the Baathist past of Iraqi politicians said that six of the elected members have ties with the former party of Saddam Hussein. Of these, four are part of the Iraqiya list, one from the list of Kurdish nationalists and the sixth from the Rule of Law party of outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki. In case of cancellation of the results of all six, electoral victory would go to Rule of Law with 88 seats, followed by Al Iraqiya with 87.  

Allawi’s formation, which enjoys American support, has already raised their voices defining the Commission of Justice and Responsibilities moves as a "political decision" to prevent Allawi to form a government. The same Allawi has accused Tehran, close to al-Maliki, of wanting to put a spanner in the works.    

The Commission had stated before the vote that 52 candidates were to should be excluded from the electoral race. However, the Independent Electoral Commission did not take any decision.

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