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Basra Residents Hope Election Will Improve Living Standards

In Sunday's election in Iraq, Shiite voters are expected to come to the polls in large numbers. In the city of Basra, in southern Iraq, many hope the power of the ballot box will improve the standard of living.

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Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.