Election officials in Iraq say Shi'ite religious parties won the most seats in the December 15th parliamentary vote, but fell short of a majority.
The electoral commission announced on Friday that the United Iraqi Alliance secured 128 of the 275 seats. Their allies in the Kurdish Alliance won 53 seats. The Sunni Arab group Iraqi Accordance Front won 44 seats, while another Sunni Arab bloc, the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue, captured 11. The party headed by former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi won 25 seats, while former American favorite Ahmed Chalabi failed to win a seat. Parties have a short period to appeal the results before the tallies are certified.