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Iraqi Court Disqualified Candidates

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A court in Iraq disqualified 52 people in the running for the country's March 7 parliamentary elections today. Two of them barred had come from the Iraqyyia list of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and had won seats.

The BBC reports that the candidates were barred from the process because of their connection to the party of former President Saddam Hussein.

The disqualification will slow down the election results. "The new process will be complicated because we need to do calculations again in order to decide whether this court decision will have an effect on the distribution of seats within the bloc," one of Iraq's seven electoral commissioners told The BBC.