The Angry Arab News Service/????? ????? ?????? ??????: “‘Partial results from Sunday’s election suggest that U.S.-backed Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s coalition is being roundly defeated by a list with the backing of Iraq’s senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al- Sistani, diminishing Allawi’s chances of retaining his post in the next government. Sharif Ali bin Hussein, head of the Constitutional Monarchy Party, likened the vote outcome to a ‘Sistani tsunami’ that would shake the nation. ‘Americans are in for a shock,’ he said, adding that one day they would realize, ‘We’ve got 150,000 troops here protecting a country that’s extremely friendly to Iran, and training their troops.’ The partial totals so far show the Iraqi List headed by Allawi, a secular Shiite and onetime CIA protege, trailed far behind with only 18 percent of the votes, despite an aggressive television ad campaign waged with U.S. aid.'”

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