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Iraq PM Slams UN for Not Backing his Recount Quest - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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BAGHDAD, (AP) – Iraq’s prime minister has rebuked the United Nations for not backing his demand that the ballots in the March 7 parliamentary elections be recounted.

Nuri al-Maliki insisted on the recount in comments to the private Al-Sumariya TV and indicated his side still may form the next government as part of a larger alliance in the making.

He criticized the role of the U.N. mission in Iraq, which has said the voting was transparent and fair, with no widespread fraud.

Al-Maliki says the U.N. should have pushed the electoral commission to abide by his demand. The interview was published Monday on the TV’s Web site.

Al-Maliki’s secular Shiite challenger Iyad Allawi’s bloc got 91 seats in the 325-member parliament — two more than the prime minister’s group.

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