[<< wikinews] Shiites win dominating role in Iraq
Sunday, February 13, 2005 

Iraq – The Shi'a United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) candidates have won at least 132 of 275 seats in the Iraq National Assembly, according to the results announced Sunday.
Capturing 48.1% of the national vote, the UIA is the largest single block in the Assembly. Yet even so large a block must create alliances with other parties to form a unity government. There has been ongoing speculation the UIA is in negotiations with the Democratic Patriotic Alliance of Kurdistan in advance of the poll results.
The union of the Khurdish parties garnered 25.4% of the national vote, equivalent to 71 seats, giving Khurds a vital voice in the National Assembly. The parties have reiterated their call for a Khurdish president or prime minister.
al-Qayimaal Iraqia, dominated by Iyad Allawi's Iraqi National Accord party, polled at 13.8%, and secured 38 seats.
Sunni voters stayed away from the election in droves, leaving them with very little representation in the Assembly. The Iraqis, the largest Sunni party in Iraq, received only 150,000 votes, less than two percent of the votes reported. The next largest, the Independent Democrats Movement, gained less than 0.1 percent.
The National Assembly vote on January 30 also included elections for governors, and the Khurdistan Assembly.
There are approximately 14.2 million eligible voters and 7,761 candidates in the Transitional National Assembly race. Approximately 58% of eligible voters cast their votes in the election, in line with pre-election projections.

== See also ==
Iraqis vote in massive numbers
First free Iraqi election begins; insurgents strike
Iraqi elections kept low-key, but secure, in Paris

== Sources ==
 "Shiites win resounding victory in Iraq's landmark election" — Agence France-Presse, 02-13-2005, 17h55
Jason Keyser. "Shiites Win Nearly Half of Iraqi Votes" — American Broadcasting Company News, Feb 13, 2005
 "Shiites win most votes in Iraqi elections" — Associated Press, Sunday, February 13, 2005 Updated at 11:54 AM EST
 "Shiite Alliance Wins Most Ballots in Iraqi Election" — Cihan News Agency, 02.13.2005 Sunday - ISTANBUL 21:16
 "United Iraqi Alliance wins Iraq polls" — Rediff.com, February 13, 2005 22:08 IST
 "Shia parties triumph in Iraq poll" — BBC News, February 13, 2005
 "The Iraqi vote: outcome known, future uncertain" — Radio Netherlands, February 14, 2005

== External links ==
Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq