An official with Iraq’s election commission says the recount of the Baghdad vote has not changed the result of the March parliamentary election in which a Sunni-backed candidate narrowly won over the Shiite prime minister.

Qassim al-Abboudi says the results of the recount “are compatible” with the original count of the March 7 vote.

Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki won the Baghdad vote but alleged fraud and demanded a recount in the capital, which accounts for about a fifth of parliament’s 325 seats.

A change in the result threatened Allawi’s two-seat lead over al-Maliki.

The recount has delayed the seating of the new legislature. Other challenges to the election results have raised fears the uncertainty could lead to a surge in violence. AP

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