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Iraq’s political future ‘in disarray’ ahead of US pullout

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April 27, 2010

Iraq’s political future was thrown into disarray on Monday after two winning candidates in a general election were disqualified, prompting the United States to admit that progress was “lagging.”

A judicial panel disqualified the winning candidates along with 50 others who failed to secure parliamentary seats, further complicating troubled efforts to forge a new ruling coalition in a country that remains beset by violence.

The decision drew anger from the secular coalition of former premier Iyad Allawi, whose strong backing in Sunni areas helped him to narrowly defeat incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in the March 7 ballot.

In Turkey on Monday, Allawi said lawyers will appeal the decision.

“We will take action against this dangerous situation,” he told a news conference in Ankara. “We have instructed a group of lawyers to object to this decision at the appeals court. I am sure we will be successful.”

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