"Six winning candidates in Iraq elections will be stripped of their votes and lose their seats – which would cost secular politician Iyad Allawi's bloc its narrow victory – if a federal court upholds a broad purge of candidates who are suspected of past involvement with the late dictator Saddam Hussein's outlawed Baath Party, Iraqi officials said Monday." CS Monitor
The high court in Iraq will rule on the "qualifications" of six winning candidates in the recent parliamentary elections. These are candidates about whom there had been some "doubts" but whom the election commission had allowed to run anyway. I suppose that it was expected that the outcome in the election would elect Maliki handily, and now, "extraordinary measures" must be taken to ensure his retention of office.
There are four Allawi secularists, one from Maliki's religious Shia party and a Kurd.
Well… There will be a renewal of civil war if this happens. pl