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Iraq Elections: Nouri al-Maliki Takes the Lead

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Posted on March 14 2010 3:30 pm
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by HAMID AHMED

Early results released by Iraq’s electoral commission Sunday showed the prime minister’s political coalition ahead in oil-rich Basra province, strengthening his lead in the country’s parliamentary elections.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is now leading in six of the 14 provinces where results have been released so far, including the key battleground of Baghdad. Iraq has 18 provinces. The results will determine who will lead the country through the drawdown of U.S. forces and whether progress can be made toward overcoming the deep sectarian tensions that have defined its short democratic history.

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