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2/14/05

Iraqi Leaders Work To Forge New Government

Shiites may have gotten the most votes for Iraq's  National Assembly,  but they'll have to compromise more than they thought to form a new government.

That's because with barely 50 percent of the final vote, the United Iraqi Alliance will not have control of the assembly. And that's led to speculation it may soon form a coalition with the independence-minded Kurds who won 26 percent of the vote. A two-thirds majority is needed to control the legislature.

Talks on who gets what have been under way since before the final results came in yesterday. The Shiite ticket's leader (Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim), scheduled more meetings with political allies today.

Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, the secular Shiite chosen by the United States to lead the country for the last eight months, fared poorly, finishing a distant third.

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