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Iraq Vote Gives Shi'ites Biggest Bloc in Parliament

By VOA News

Final results from Iraq's December 15 legislative election indicate Shi'ite-based religious parties won the largest number of seats in parliament, but not enough for an absolute majority.

Election officials said Friday, the United Iraqi Alliance won 128 of parliament's 275 seats. Their allies in the Kurdish Alliance won 53 seats.

Two main Sunni Arab groups - the Iraqi Accordance Front and the National Dialogue Front - won 44 and 11 seats, respectively. Parties have two days to appeal the results before they are certified.

More violence rocked the capital Baghdad Friday ahead of the announcement. Iraqi authorities say at least two people were killed when a roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol exploded in Baghdad.

Separately, a senior Iraqi Sunni Arab leader urged kidnappers to release American journalist Jill Carroll. Insurgents have threatened to kill her if U.S. forces fail to release all female Iraqi detainees by Friday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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