THE WORLDPOST
03/05/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Al-Maliki Pulling Ahead In Iraqi Election Early Returns

Early indications suggest Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, has strengthened his position as the country's leader after a strong showing by his allies in Iraqi provincial elections.

The leaders of rival Shia parties acknowledged on Monday that al-Maliki's State of Law coalition appeared to be heading for a strong win, and even a landslide, in some Shia areas, although official preliminary results will not be published for days.

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