Iraq's Maliki wins largest share of votes in elections-official

BAGHDAD Mon May 19, 2014 9:40am EDT

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BAGHDAD May 19 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Nouri Maliki won the largest share of Iraqi parliamentary seats in last month's national elections, according to preliminary results released on Monday.

The results dealt a blow to Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish rivals seeking to prevent him serving a third term.

Maliki won at least 93 seats, far more than his two main Shi'ite rivals, the movement of Muqtada Sadr and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, who won a combined 57 seats, according Iraq's electoral commission. (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; editing by Ralph Boulton)