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Last Updated: Monday, 14 February 2005, 11:36 GMT
In pictures: Iraq election results

In the Southern Iraqi city of Basra, an armed man walks passes by posters celebrating the landmark elections and the courage of the voters.

Iraqis are marking the provisional results of the country's landmark election. Posters praising the courage of voters are plastered across cities like Basra.

Carpets bearing the image of Muslim Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for sale in Baghdad, Iraq.

Candidates endorsed by the country's most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, gained 48% of the votes cast.

Iraqi Kurds celebrate the results of general elections in Suleimaniya, in northern Iraq

Iraqi Kurds - who represent almost a fifth of the population - are also celebrating their strong showing.

Iraqi Kurds celebrate in the northern city of Kirkuk.

Polling 26% of the ballots, Kurdish groups are now seen as potential partners in a new government.

Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi (left) visits the repaired part of an oil refinery in the Dura district of Baghdad, Iraq

The results have given the biggest share to Iraq's religious Shias, while a secular list led by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi received just 14%.

A US marine patrols the Sunni city of Falluja, Iraq

Security - which was tightened after a surge in violence ahead of the elections - will be one of the main demands made of Iraq's new government.






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