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13 February 2005 -- Iraq's Independent Election Commission today announced the final results of the 30 January general election, the first free poll in the country in five decades.

The main Shi'ite list won a victory, taking about 48 percent of the votes cast, according to the official figures. The United Iraqi Alliance took over 4 million of the 8.55 million votes cast.

A Kurdish alliance was second with 2.17 million votes, while third place went to interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's list with
about 1.16 million.

The commission said 58 percent of the country's registered voters cast ballots.

Commission member Farid Ayar told reporters, "Today marks the birth of a new Iraq and a free people."

(compiled from wire reports)

[For news, background, and analysis on Iraq's historic 30 January elections, see RFE/RL's webpage "Iraq Votes 2005".]
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