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20. Religious Groups Take Early Lead in Iraqi Ballots (those who us out)

December 20, 2005

Religious Groups Take Early Lead in Iraqi Ballots

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 19 - Early voting results announced by Iraqi electoral officials on Monday, with nearly two-thirds of the ballots counted, indicated that religious groups, particularly the main Shiite coalition, had taken a commanding lead. The secular coalition led by Ayad Allawi, the former prime minister, had won only meager support in crucial provinces where it had expected to do well, including Baghdad.

The front-runner among Sunni Arab voters was a religious coalition whose leaders have advocated resistance to the American military and have demanded that President Bush set a timetable for withdrawing the American military from Iraq.

The preliminary results accounted for more than 90 percent of votes cast in 11 of Iraq's 18 provinces. About 7 million ballots have been counted, of an estimated turnout of 11 million in the vote on Thursday for a full, four-year government, electoral officials said.

Officials warned that the results could still change. The Iraqi electoral commission has received 692 complaints of campaign violations or voter fraud, at least 20 of which are considered potentially serious enough to "affect specific election results," said Adel al-Lami, the commission's chief electoral officer. Several candidates, including Mr. Allawi, have angrily accused the main Shiite coalition of underhanded tactics, such as tearing down posters and ordering police officers to campaign for it.
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  -Early Baghdad Returns Show Shiites Leading rodeodance  Dec-19-05 07:42 AM   #0 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-19-05 07:44 AM   #1 
  - We'll have to wait until the .....  hwmnbn   Dec-19-05 08:31 AM   #2 
  - Thank you repukes  joefree1   Dec-19-05 11:21 AM   #3 
  - Soooprise, soooprise, soooprise...  Javaman   Dec-19-05 11:42 AM   #4 
  - Surprise result!  JoFerret   Dec-19-05 12:07 PM   #5 
  - So, who's going to be the new Shiite head?  gratuitous   Dec-19-05 12:10 PM   #6 
  - Note Chalabi's Performance  Clara T   Dec-19-05 01:56 PM   #7 
  - Wow. Chalabi swept his immediate circle of friends. . .  Journeyman   Dec-20-05 06:30 AM   #22 
  - Early Results Show Religious Groups Leading in Iraqi Vote  RedEarth   Dec-19-05 02:24 PM   #8 
  - Americans are a religious people also  kenny blankenship   Dec-19-05 02:24 PM   #9 
  - "Officials warned that today's results were uncertified ...  madeline_con   Dec-19-05 02:24 PM   #10 
  - When's the vote to legalize "Honor Killings?"  Tyler Durden   Dec-19-05 02:24 PM   #11 
     - Isn't that sick?  ninkasi   Dec-19-05 08:27 PM   #19 
  - They ARE the majority party. I would be surprised if they were NOT leading  SoCalDem   Dec-19-05 02:31 PM   #12 
  - Here's what will happen...  Hyernel   Dec-19-05 05:13 PM   #13 
  - An anti US government will never be able to come to power in Iraq  The_Casual_Observer   Dec-19-05 05:23 PM   #14 
  - Maybe...but you forget PNAC's ultimate goal.  Hyernel   Dec-19-05 05:52 PM   #15 
  - I hate to say this but  Maggie_May   Dec-19-05 06:12 PM   #16 
  - Report I heard today on BBC says there will be weeks if not months  Gloria   Dec-19-05 07:36 PM   #17 
  - Prediction: The worst outcome possible for the US  reprobate   Dec-19-05 08:24 PM   #18 
  - Religious Groups Take Early Lead in Iraqi Ballots (those who us out)  rodeodance   Dec-20-05 06:27 AM   #20 
  - and no gas.  rodeodance   Dec-20-05 06:27 AM   #21 
  - could you explain why they are aligned with Iran  rfkrfk   Dec-20-05 06:56 AM   #23 
  - As predictable as sunrise.  Xap   Dec-20-05 07:33 AM   #24 

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