Allawi in talks with political foes to form coalition

Iyad Allawi waves to supporters after announcement of the parliamentary election results. (GETTY IMAGES)

Former prime minister Iyad Allawi, whose bloc emerged strongest from Iraq's polls, launched talks yesterday with political foes in a bid to form a coalition, pledging to work with any group "without exception".

Complete results released on Friday showed Allawi's Iraqiya bloc won 91 seats in the 325-member Council of Representatives, two more than Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki's State of Law Alliance.

"There must be a strong government, capable of taking decisions which serve the Iraqi people, and bring peace and stability to Iraq," Allawi told a press conference. Of coalition talks, he said: "There have been some talks, but they were only talks. Now, the negotiations begin. These discussions will be conducted with the different political forces, without exception."


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