Employees from Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) count votes from the parliamentary election at an analysis centre in Baghdad May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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Iraq's political parties are already maneuvering to form a government nearly two weeks before preliminary results from the elections are due, with Nuri al-Maliki's bid to retain the premiership hanging in the balance.Parties from Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities have already begun to meet to discuss potential alliances, though provisional results are not expected until May 25 .It did also say potential allies should back decentralisation, and support the speedy approval of three key laws: one governing Iraq's political parties, another regulating its energy sector, and a third creating an upper chamber of parliament.As a result, any prime minister is likely to require some support from Iraq's minority Sunni Arab and Kurdish communities to form a government.
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