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Iraq election chief certifies parliamentary vote results

[JURIST] Iraq's election chief on Friday announced certified results in the December 15 parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive], confirming results announced [JURIST report] by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) [official website] last month. Of the 275 seats, 128 now belong to the United Iraqi Alliance [BBC profile], the dominant Shiite coalition; 44 belong to the Iraqi Accord Front [BBC profile] and 11 to the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue [BBC profile], both Sunni Arab blocs; 53 to the Kurdistan Alliance [BBC profile]; 25 to the secular Kurdistan Islamic Union [BBC profile]; and 9 to remaining parties.

While the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive; JURIST document] requires the parliament to meet 15 days after certification to elect a speaker and president, officials have already announced that they will not adhere to this deadline [JURIST report]. BBC News has more.

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