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Baghdad printers working flat out ahead of Iraq polls focus 02/28/2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Baghdad printers working flat out ahead of Iraq polls


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02/28/2010

BAGHDAD — Business has never been so good for Iraq’s printers in the runup to the March 7 election, but the boom has its own headaches in a country short on printing presses and rife with religious sensitivities.

“In two weeks, I’ve pocketed what I would normally make in six months,” says Omar Hamid, owner of the Al-Sima printing press in central Baghdad’s Al-Mutanabi neighborhood.

“I’m very happy with democracy. If it were up to me, we would have elections every year,” the 31-year-old adds with a smile.

The parliamentary election is likely to generate around $10 million for the country’s 500-odd printing press owners, including $6 million for the 150 or so in Baghdad alone, printers say.... MORE


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