Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced in a nationally televised news conference that he would not accept the results of the March 7 election that gave challenger Ayad Allawi's political bloc 91 seats to his own bloc's 89 seats in Iraq's 325-seat parliament, according to an Associated Press report by Katarina Kratovac published Friday, March 26, 2010 on The Washington Times website.
On election day, Maliki had demanded that candidates accept the results of the national vote. Gesturing angrily Friday, he said he would challenge the vote count through what he described as legal process. Election officials had previously refused his call for a re-count when it appeared his lead was faltering during the ballot tabulations.
Since the results were made public, Baghdad has been wracked by bombings, first on Sunday and then again today, as the AP report states, "a harbinger of a spike in violence that many Iraqis fear could accompany lengthy negotiations on forming a coalition government."
An increase in attacks could complicate U.S. plans to reduce troop levels from 95,000 to 50,000 by the end of August. All U.S. forces are slated to leave Iraq by the end of 2011, according to the AP.
The prophet Jeremiah wrote that the occupying forces of the "nations" would abandon Babylon, because of the fires that consume the "cities, and all the environs." Will the political upheaval be the catalyst for the conflagration of the cities?