Iraqiya against gas and oil deals

Iraq’s most popular electoral coalition has condemned the Maliki government's oil and gas contracts, signaling a new political strategy for a marginalized opposition movement.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (2nd R) is seen next to former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi (3rd R) after the first Parliament session on June 14, 2010. (MUHANNAD FALA'AH/Getty Images)

The Iraqiya political coalition, which won 91 of the new Parliament's 325 seats compared to 89 of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's block, wants all Maliki-era oil and gas contracts reviewed by the next government, especially those signed after the March 7 election.

Iraqiya, led by former prime minister Ayad Allawi, has been all but counted out to lead the next now that Maliki has shored up support.

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