Saturday, January 29, 2005

Bahrain is fully behind the elections in Iraq, said Crown Prince and BDF Commander-in-Chief Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa last night. (Gulf Daily News)

Seventy-six percent of Iraq's minority Sunni Arabs plan to boycott Sunday's election, according to a new poll by Zogby International for Abu Dhabi Television released on Friday. (Reuters)

Arab media are showing a diversity of viewpoints in the run-up to the Jan. 30 Iraqi elections, with support for the elections coming from media that are also critical of the U.S. occupation. (Pacific News Service)

Just ahead of the first free balloting in Iraq in half a century, the nation battened down for the vote, imposing a 7 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew on Friday and closing Baghdad International Airport. (AP) And a similar story from, massive security as Iraq prepares for free elections.

The election key to Iraq's future. (Financial Times)

Editorial: Iraq elections will benefit Americans. (NBC2 News)

The Independent solicits opinions from Iraqis.

Editorial: High price paid for Iraq election. Our position is: Election in Iraq is crucial, but it has come at a heavy price. Blood and terror have plagued the long and dangerous march to election day in Iraq. Now, for 10 hours this weekend, millions of Iraqis will brave the threat of terrorist attack to cast ballots in the nation's first free election in 50 years. [...] (

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