Election Certification Today In Iraq

Iraq's electoral commission is expected to certify results today from the country's January 30th elections and allocate seats for the new 275-member National Assembly.

The commission first announced ballot results Sunday, saying the clergy-backed United Iraqi Alliance got 48 percent of the vote for the National Assembly. The Kurdish alliance took 26 percent and interim president Ayad Allawi (EE'-yahd ah-LAH'-wee) won only 14 percent. He's a secular Shiite who supports strong ties to Washington.

It's seen as crucial for the United Iraqi Alliance to build a ruling coalition with the Kurdistan Alliance.

A deadline to file complaints expired yesterday.

Next, the present government must set a timetable for installing the new government. There have been no indications on how long that might take.

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