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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

State of Law List Turns to Coalition-Making

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law Alliance has turned to the task of making the coalitions required to run the provincial councils. The Alliance formed a central subcommittee charged with approaching the other lists to form coalition governments in the nine provinces where State of Law won. Prominent among the other lists State of Law has contacted is the Sadr-supported Liberals’ Independent Trend (Tayaar al-Ahrar al-Mustaqil). According to a State of Law representative, the two lists have "made great strides" toward agreement on the conditions that would underly a ruling coalition. The report in Wednesday's al-Sabah newspaper is typically vague, but it is interesting that al-Maliki's list is prominently touting its advances toward the Sadrists in Sabah, the government's mouthpiece. It would seem that the Sadrists are not as down and out as a political force as many would believe.

The article also reported that the final results of the elections will be announced on Thursday and that 32 polling centers' results were discounted due to irregularities, up from earlier reports of 30.

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