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A Watchful Middle East and Iraq's Election

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A Watchful Middle East and Iraq's Election

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A Watchful Middle East and Iraq's Election

A Watchful Middle East and Iraq's Election

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Iraq's neighbors are watching the country's election closely — and so far, reaction to the vote is mixed. A sample of headlines in the Arab press Sunday: "The new Iraq is born today," declares a newspaper in Abu Dhabi; Al-Jazeera's website says, "Iraqis show mixed response to polls"; and the Arab News in Saudi Arabia calls the vote a "much needed victory for moderation." Hear Rami Khouri, executive editor of The Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon, and NPR's Liane Hansen.