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    PM Maliki Organizing New Government

    BAGHDAD The Iraqi prime minister's bloc said Friday it has started laying the groundwork to form a coalition government, signaling growing confidence after preliminary election results showed it winning in at least two southern provinces. Iraq

    The outcome from last week's parliamentary vote was far from certain, with election officials still counting ballots nearly a week after Iraqis went to the polls. Partial tallies so far have only been released from six of Iraq's 18 provinces, excluding Baghdad, and the picture was further muddied Friday when results from one province showed a Shiite religious coalition leading.

    Al-Maliki's rivals also hammered home on their allegations of fraud, which could mar the process that will determine who should lead the country as U.S. forces prepare to go home.

    According to early results released Thursday, the State of Law coalition led by al-Maliki had the lead in two mainly Shiite provinces while his secular challenger, Ayad Allawi, was ahead in two provinces north of Baghdad.

    The results released Friday from Maysan province, which borders Iran, showed the Iraqi National Alliance, a coalition made up of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council and followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, with a lead over al-Maliki. With only about 23 percent of the votes counted, INA was ahead with almost 30,000 votes to 23,000 for al-Maliki's alliance.

    However, Iraqi officials who have seen results from across the country said al-Maliki's coalition appeared to have a narrow edge, though not an outright majority. Even the head of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, Ammar al-Hakim, has said that al-Maliki's coalition appears to be winning the first public statement by such a high-ranking official.

    Abbas al-Bayati, a member of al-Maliki's coalition, said Friday that the alliance already had created a committee to open talks with other blocs and expected that the group would need about two or three other coalitions to form a government.

    But foes of al-Maliki Friday continued to raise allegations of fraud in the historic vote.

    Rend al-Rahim, a candidate with Allawi's Iraqiya coalition, said Friday that the group had filed 32 complaints with election officials as of Thursday night. She said the coalition had concerns ranging from completed ballots that had been dumped in the garbage and many ballot boxes never being delivered from some provinces to the counting center in Baghdad.

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    Thanks for the update! This is great news armondtoth!

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