Saturday, February 05, 2005

IRAQI ELECTION RESULTS...

FROM DEBKA.COM:
1. App. 42% = 123 seats was picked up by Ayatollah Ali Sistani-backed United Iraqi Alliance
2. App. 34% = 85 seats went to the United Kurdish list set up jointly by Jalal Talabani and Masoud Barzani

Our analysts stress that aside from the dry figures, the Kurdish vote is important in three ways:
1, Of the 8 million Iraqis who took part in the voting, 2 million were Kurds who managed to bring 95% of all eligible Kurdish voters...
2, As we revealed on election day, the Kurds artificially inflated their support in Kirkuk by importing tens of thousands of armed voters from across Kurdistan
3, The Kurdish lead is treated as a useful asset in interim prime minister Iyad Allawi’s moves to form a coalition that will keep him in the prime minister’s chair. He is already in talks with Kurdish leaders to this end.

Allawi Scores in First 15% of Tabulated Iraqi Votes