Iraq's PM leads in early Baghdad vote count

BAGHDAD: A partial tally of Baghdad votes in Iraq's crucial parliamentary election shows Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political coalition leading in the all-important capital.

But the vote tallies were quickly pulled back minutes after Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission released them to journalists on Saturday, reflecting the chaotic situation.

The commission's spokesman, Gulshan Kamal Ali, said the results were accurate.

They showed al-Maliki's State of Law coalition leading by about 50,000 ballots over the hardline Shiite Iraqi National Alliance and the moderate Iraqiya group led by former premier Ayad Allawi.

It was not clear which Baghdad neighborhoods the votes reflected.