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Allawi accuses Iran of election interference

31 Mar 2010

Iyad Allawi, the man who won Iraq’s parliamentary elections, has accused Iran of trying to prevent him from becoming prime minister. The leader of the secular alliance that narrowly won this month’s poll told the BBC that Tehran was interfering directly in Iraq’s electoral process. His Iraqiyya bloc beat the rival State of Law alliance of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki by just two seats. Both the UN and US envoys to Iraq have said the 7 March poll was credible, but Mr Maliki has said he will challenge the count through the courts.
Despite winning the election, Mr Allawi is a long way short of the majority he needs to form a government, says the BBC’s Andrew North in Baghdad. Much of his support came from Iraq’s Sunni minority, but most of the parties he would need to back him represent Iraq’s Shia majority, and have close ties to Iran.
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Allawi said it was “very clear” that Iran was trying to stop him from becoming prime minister. He accused the Iranian government of interfering by inviting all the major parties to Tehran for talks, except his own Iraqiyya bloc. “They have invited everybody – but they haven’t invited us – to Tehran,” he said.
Some are likely to see Mr Allawi’s comments as an excuse for the possibility he may not be able to form a government. While many Shias backed him, others are suspicious of his past links to the Baath party.
The Iranian embassy in Baghdad declined to comment.

source: BBC News

 
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