Iyad Allawi, a secular Shiite who is leader of Iraq's mostly Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, speaks during an interview with AFP in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah in northern Iraq on May 3, 2012, as the trial in absentia of Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi was delayed a week after his lawyers called for it to be held in a special court. Allawi dismissed the case as politicised. AFP PHOTO/SHWAN MOHAMMED
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Iraqi politician Ayad Allawi votes in the Iraqi parliamentary elections at a polling station April 27, 2014 in Amman, Jordan. Iraq's former prime minister Ayad Allawi on Sunday described the atmosphere as 'unfair' in which his country's current legislative elections take place.
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Incumbent Iraqi Prime minister Nuri al-Maliki (2nd R) is seen next to former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi (3rd R) after the first Parliament session on June 14, 2010 at the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iraqi parliament convened for the first time since elections in March where former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi led Iraqiya, a cross sectarian alliance to the most seats but short of a majority to form government. Incumbent Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki is hoping to remain in power by forming a government with other Shi'ite parties, including followers of anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
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Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and head of the secular Iraqiya list waves to his supporters at an election campaign rally on March 3, 2010 in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi candidates have intensified their campaigns ahead of the country�s forthcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for March 7.