Secular Challenger Edges Out Iraqi PM in Election

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Results released Friday in Iraq's parliamentary elections show former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi edging out Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to form the country's next government.

The coalition of Iraq's former leader secured 91 seats, leaving al-Maliki trailing slightly behind.

"Some of these results are unacceptable and unreasonable," al-Maliki said, vowing to challenge the results.

While the tally represents a significant setback for the prime minister, they only guarantee Allawi the right to form a coalition government - not necessarily al-Maliki's post.

Meanwhile, hours before the election results were announced Friday, two bombings in Baghdad killed at least 40 people and injured dozens of others. The suicide attack hit a restaurant just north of the city.

The bombings raise concerns that violence will increase as Iraq starts to form a new government and U.S. troops begin to pull out.

*Originally broadcast on March 26, 2010.

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