Iraq poll winners nominate new Prime Minister
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
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
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
Electoral commission official Abdel al-Lami said the
commission had received a handful of complaints, which
is delaying the final tally.
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
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
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.