An anti-Baath demo in Basra on the 7th February 2010. Photo: Scanpix/Nabil al-Jurani

Iraq Reaches New Election Crossroad

Sunday 28th February 2010
Iraq goes to the polls next week, in what has been called by some observers as "an extremely important election". But important for whom? And why? In this week's Konflikt in English hear about the election through the eyes and opinions of four people who have lived through the occupation in the country. The feminist politician Maha Hamid, Rawa from Basra just trying to make ends meet, the schemer Ahmed Chalabi, and the former US Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Ollivant. Will we see a repeat of the 2005 election, after which the country fell into sectarian conflict? Or will things carry on as usual, or even normalise? Hear voices from Basra, Diwaniya, Linköping, Washington and Stockholm.
Presenter: Kris Boswell

Konflikt in English is a co-production between Swedish Radio's Konflikt programme, and SR International. It can be heard in Swedish on Saturdays at 09.03 on the P1 network, in English on Sundays on P6 (89.6FM) in Stockholm at 21.00 and across the globe via , and in Arabic on Mondays via P2 and P6 at 17:30. All three versions can also be downloaded from the Konflikt homepage after broadcast.

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