Members of the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq, Kolshan Kamal, left, and Wael al-Waili release the results of the country’s parliamentary elections in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
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Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki won the largest share of Iraqi parliamentary seats in last month's national elections, dealing a blow to Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish rivals who opposed his serving a third term.Preliminary results Monday showed Maliki won at least 94 seats, far more than his two main Shiite rivals, the movement of Muqtada al-Sadr, which picked up 28 seats, and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, which won 29 seats. ISCI and the Sadrists have made clear they want a prime minister chosen from within the Shiite majority – what they refer to as the National Alliance.Smaller Shiite parties, whom ISCI and the Sadrists sought to woo are already lining up behind the prime minister.Maliki's Sunni and Kurdish rivals, who have indicated their readiness to stand with ISCI and the Sadrists against Maliki, are unsure if their potential Shiite allies will buckle.
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