Iraq's Prime Minister Al Maliki (centre right) meets with a delegation from the US Congress, in Baghdad on Sunday. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: Many Iraqis have realised today that their country's security will face serious threat following the defeat of the State of the Law coalition led by Nouri Al Maliki at the polls.

Iraqis who spoke to Gulf News believe that Al Maliki and his supporters will not hand over authority peacefully.

Supporters of the leading Iraqiya coalition of former prime minister Eyad Allawi said that Sunday's attack in Al Qa'im city of Al Anbar was targeting Mohammad Al Ganem, who along with his brother was killed in the explosion.

In total six people were killed and 30 injured in the blast.

Al Ganem was a politician in charge of the youth wing of the Solution Movement which is part of Allawi's Iraqiya bloc.

Yesterday, two car bombs struck Karbala, killing five people and wounding 64 others, authorities said.

Six winners face ban

Meanwhile, reports said six candidates who won parliamentary seats face losing them

At least one of the six is a member of Allawi's secular Iraqiya bloc, the reports quoted Ali Al Lami, executive director of the body charged with barring Saddam Hussain's loyalists, as saying. Lami himself ran for parliament as part of the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), a coalition led by Shiite religious parties. His involvement in the vote and the JAC drew criticism from opponents who questioned his impartiality

The March 7 election results, announced on Friday, gave Allawi a slim lead in parliament. The parliament will convene in two weeks' time, according to Iraq's outgoing president, Jalal Talabani.

Hassan Jaber Ali, a political analyst in Baghdad, said: "The bloc led by Ebrahim Al Ja'afari might end up ... allying with Allawi, although Al Ja'afari is politically closer to Al Maliki ... the two men belonged to Al Dawa'a Party."

"The past experience of Al Ja'afari with Al Maliki suggests that the match up between the two men would not be easy," Ali said, adding that "Iran might end up mediating between the two men to ensure its influence on the Iraqi political scene in the coming four years."

He said Syria, Saudi Arabia and to a certain extent Jordan, are against giving Al Maliki the opportunity to form the government, and will also help Allawi form alliances.

He added that regional interference would have crucial impact on the political scene in the country.