Former PM urges interim government in Iraq

The front-runner in Iraq's recent parliamentary elections on Wednesday called for the formation of an impartial caretaker government to counter what he says are efforts to change the vote results and prevent the country from sliding into violence.
Former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shi'ite whose cross-sectarian coalition narrowly won most votes in the March 7 polling, said that disqualifying candidates and holding recounts is a violation of the people's vote and an attempt to "steal the will of the Iraqi people."
The call comes after an Iraqi court charged with investigating election-related complaints disqualified one of his candidates, over alleged ties to the former regime.
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