Iraq PM Nouri Maliki’s bloc leads provincial elections

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The Shia-led coalition led by Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has come first in seven of 12 provinces, including Baghdad, in elections held last month. Its main rival, the Sunni-dominated Iraqiya bloc, suffered poor results. Observers say the results give an indication of political support ahead of next year’s parliamentary…

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