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Scoop-Link: Shiites Win Victory in Iraq Election

Shiites win resounding victory in Iraq's landmark election

Scoop-Link To Turkish Press - BAGHDAD - Iraq's long-oppressed Shiite majority scored a resounding victory in the first vote since Saddam Hussein's downfall, setting the stage for the first Shiite government in an Arab state in 1,000 years.

Although it mustered less than half of the votes, the counting method laid out by the country's electoral law means the main Shiite list backed by powerful spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is on track for an absolute majority in parliament.

The Kurdish alliance was poised to become the country's second political force, while the list of incumbent Prime Minister Iyad Allawi was a distant third.

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