Saturday, January 29, 2005

With only one day to go before the landmark elections, tension prevailed Saturday in Iraq's northern Salahaldin province, whose capital Tikrit is hometown to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. [includes photos] (XINHUA online) Iraq election factfile. timetable, security, voting, expatriates, candidates.

Riven by historical grievances, Iraq's majority Shi'ites see Sunday's election as their path to power in the land where Shi'ism was born 13 centuries ago. (Reuters)

With less than 24 hours to go before polling stations open elsewhere in Iraq, Mosul is still far from holding elections. There are no polling centres or electoral programmes in the city and campaign posters encouraging people to vote have been burned or torn down. (Al jazeera)

In a letter sent to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Turkish Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul has stated that efforts to make demographic changes in Kirkuk are rapidly continuing. (

Saad Jawad: The real issues in Iraq's premature elections (Financial Express)