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Iraq poll uncertainty 'could trigger violence'

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The Iraqi electoral commission is expected to announce later whether the Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki or his main rival Iyad Allawi has won the country's parliamentary election - nearly three weeks after the country went to the polls.

If neither camp emerges with a clear mandate to lead the country's fragile democracy, many fear a drawn-out political debate, which they believe could trigger renewed violence.

Andrew North reports from Baghdad.

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