UN says Iraq election credible, blast follows

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 11:53am

BAGHDAD - The top official for the United Nations in Iraq says the UN has determined Iraq's March 7 parliamentary elections were credible and called on all sides to accept the results.

The comments by Ad Melkert came at a news conference Friday evening to announce the full election results, and hours after a twin bombing near a restaurant in a city north of Baghdad killed at least 40 people.

The police spokesman for Diyala province, Capt. Ghalib al-Karkhi, said dozens more were also injured in the blasts in the town of Khalis, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of the capital.

The bombing raises concerns that violence could spike as a period of extended political negotiations ensue and political blocs try to form a government as U.S. troops draw down.