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Iraq premier's bloc tops in winning seats

Posted: May 20, 2014 at 4:49 a.m.

Iraqi policemen go on a foot patrol in central Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 19, 2014. The Iraqi government has tightened its security measures after releasing the results of the country’s parliamentary elections. A coalition led by Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki emerged Monday as the biggest winner in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011, electoral officials said, as the embattled premier is seeking a third term in office despite political turmoil and rising violence. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved closer to winning a third term Monday as his Shiite-dominated political bloc emerged firmly in first place in the country's first parliamentary elections since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011.

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