Election officials in Iraq have begun a partial recount of votes cast in last month's parliamentary election. The count, which is being conducted by hand, will cover around 2.5 million ballots cast in the capital and surrounding area. The process is expected to last several weeks and will further delay the formation of the government.
U.S. officials say they do not expect the recount to affect the outcome significantly, but the margin between the two front-runners is so slim that the slightest change could have significant consequences. BBC correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse joins us from Baghdad.