An Iraqi poll worker, seated, helps a citizen arriving to vote in April’s election.
The Iraqi electoral commission has upheld the results of the country’s parliamentary election after a partial recount demanded by the incumbent prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition finished second in the voting.
The announcement is seen as an important step in ending the postelection political deadlock in Iraq, which many feared would destabilize the country. —JCL
Iraq’s electoral commission has upheld parliamentary election results in Baghdad and the surrounding area after a partial recount.
It took nearly two weeks to recount by hand all 2.5m ballots cast.
The recount was requested by incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, whose coalition came second in the poll.
The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse in Baghdad says the announcement marks an important stage on the road towards ending political deadlock in Iraq.