The Pending Election in Iraq

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President Bush says Sunday's Iraqi election will help spread democracy in the Middle East. Iraqis around the world have already started voting, while Iraq itself is reportedly locked down in preparation for Sunday's election. The interim government claims high-level arrests of suspected terrorists, but threats of massive election-day violence have potential voters stocking up on basic supplies and hunkering down at home. In the Shiite South, there's been the kind of campaigning Americans might recognize, but elsewhere, only a few of some 9000 candidates have dared to reveal their names. We get updates on election preparations with reporters in Iraq, and debate the possible outcomes with experts in international law, human rights advocates and Iraqis living in the US.
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BBC article on Hamas' victory in Gaza elections

US on Iraqi election

UN fact sheet on Iraqi election

World Economic Forum

Prime Minister Blair on economics at Forum

Rotella's article on World Economic Forum

Rotella's article on Clinton at Forum



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