[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/WORLD/meast/03/17/iraq.elections/story.iraq.elections.afp.gi.jpg caption="Allawi edged out al-Maliki's coalition in the final vote count." width=300 height=169]
Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya coalition won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to results that Iraqi election officials issued Friday.
Allawi's bloc edged out Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition by two in the final count of Iraq's March 7 election for the 325-member parliament, officials said. Allawi is a former Iraqi prime minister.
Allawi's bloc won 91 seats, and the State of Law coalition gained 89. The Iraqi National Alliance, dominated by Shiite parties, got 70 seats, and a Kurdish alliance took 43.
Now Allawi will begin the tough work of gathering at least 163 seats to forge a coalition government.
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