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Iraq poll winners nominate new Prime Minister

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4267091.stm Tuesday, 15 February, 2005, 13:16 GMT Iraq poll winners nominate PM The Shia Muslim coalition that won
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      Tuesday, 15 February, 2005, 13:16 GMT

      Iraq poll winners 'nominate PM'

      The Shia Muslim coalition that won Iraq's election has
      chosen Ibrahim Jaafari as its prime ministerial
      candidate, sources have said.

      Mr Jaafari leads the Dawa party, one of two leading
      religious parties in the bloc that won nearly half the
      vote.

      The United Iraqi Alliance lacks a parliamentary
      majority and will need to form a coalition government.

      Before the result can be confirmed, electoral
      officials are examining a number of complaints into
      the poll.

      Moves to form a new government are already under way,
      though it could take several weeks.

      According to provisional results, the Shia United
      Iraqi Alliance (UIA), which is backed by the top Shia
      cleric in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, polled
      48% of the 30 January vote.

      Kurdish groups, which came second, are seen as
      potential coalition partners.

      One of the new parliament's main jobs will be to write
      a constitution.

      'Credible election'

      Electoral commission official Abdel al-Lami said the
      commission had received a handful of complaints, which
      is delaying the final tally.

      PROVISIONAL RESULTS
      Turnout total - 8.456 million
      Registered voters - 58%

      US unease at results
      He said the small number of complaints was "evidence
      of the transparency and credibility of the electoral
      process".

      Complainants have until Wednesday to challenge the
      results, and it could be several days after that
      before the final outcome is declared.

      Kidnappers in southern Iraq, meanwhile, have released
      a Turkish shipping magnate after holding him for two
      months.

      Kahraman Sadikoglu, who owns the Istanbul-based Tuzla
      Shipyard, was freed after his family paid a large
      ransom, Turkish newspapers report.

      The Turkish foreign ministry said Mr Sadikoglu was
      flown to Baghdad after being freed on Monday night.
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