Full preliminary results show the secular alliance of Iraq's former prime minister, Ayad Allawi, has won the most seats the March 7 parliamentary vote, narrowly edging out Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition.
Mr. Maliki said Friday he will not accept the tally, which has his Shi'ite State of Law coalition with 89 seats. Mr. Allawi's Iraqiya alliance won just two more seats, with a total of 91 in Iraq's 325-seat parliament.
The United Nations special representative in Iraq, Ad Melkert, said the parliamentary vote was credible, and he called on all parties to accept the results. The sentiment was echoed by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill and the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, General Ray Odierno. The two said they supported election observers who found there was no evidence of widespread fraud.
Shortly before the results were announced, two explosions ripped through a town in Diyala province north of Baghdad. Authorities say the blasts killed more than 42 people and wounded at least 55 others