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Pakistan and Iran

Martin Vennard | 09:21 UK time, Tuesday, 18 September 2007

A lawyer representing the Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, has said that if he is re-elected, he will give up his post of army chief soon afterwards.

Gen Musharraf is seeking re-election by parliament before its term expires in mid-October.

The lawyer made the comments to the Supreme Court, which is debating Mr Musharraf's right to remain army chief if he stood for president again.

Do you trust Mr Musharraf to keep his word? Should he step down as army chief before facing re-election?

We have been talking about discussing Pakistan in the programme for a while, perhaps today is the time to do so.


Another story we may do concerns Pakistan's neigbour Iran. On Sunday the French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said the world should prepare for the worst - war - in its standoff with Iran over the country's nuclear programme.

Mr Kouchner is in Moscow today for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, with Iran's nuclear programme topping the agenda.

Russia has said there can be no military solution to the "Iranian problem". What do you think? Is war with Iran inevitable?


In Saudi Arabia some women are campaigning to be allowed to drive. They have formed a committee to lobby for the right to drive cars and plan to petition King Abdullah. At present, all women are banned from driving in the kingdom.

Should we be talking to Saudi women about this?


In Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma has been sworn in as president, shortly after being declared the winner of a tense run-off election.

Thousands of jubilant opposition supporters danced in the streets of the capital as the peaceful transition of power took place.

Sierra Leone is gradually rebuilding after a decade-long, diamond-fuelled war and this was the country's second democratic election since then. Should this peaceful handover of power be an example for other African countries to follow?


I'm heading off to Namibia later today to get things ready for Friday's live broadcast from the capital Windhoek.

The former world champion hurdler Ed Moses has agreed to take part in the programme and we hope many other delegates at the conference we're attending there will also be joining me and Ros for the show.


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