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FROST OVER THE WORLD
Grant Kippen
The head of the Electoral Complaints Commission discusses Afghanistan's recent poll.
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2009 10:37 GMT

The ECC has said that official results are still weeks away [GALLO/GETTY]

In this episode of Frost over the World, Sir David is joined from Kabul by Grant Kippen, the head of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), to discuss allegations of electoral fraud in Afghanistan's recent polls, from Canberra by opposition politician Nigel Scullion to discuss the Australian government's treatment of the country's Aboriginal population, and in the studio by a spokesman for the rebel group JEM to discuss the claims made last month by the outgoing head of the UN force in Darfur that the war there is over.

This episode of Frost over the World aired from Friday, September 18, 2009. 

Grant Kippen

 

Even before voting began, Afghanistan's elections were overshadowed by allegations of fraud. In the last month, the ECC says it has investigated nearly 2,000 complaints and is now ordering a recount of 10 per cent of the votes.

Grant Kippen, the head of the ECC, joins the show from Kabul.

Ali Babacan and Tahir El Feki

 

Ali Babacan, Turkey's deputy prime minister, talks to Sir David about how the global financial crisis is affecting Turkey and the progress of the country's bid to join the EU.

Plus, is the war in Darfur over? That was certainly the impression given by the outgoing head of the UN force in Darfur, General Martin Luther Agwai, who said last month: "As of today, I would not say there is a war going on."

But what do the rebels have to say about this? Sir David is joined by Tahir El Feki, a spokesman for the largest rebel group, JEM.

Zambezi Express

 

It is being described as "the happiest show on Earth". The football musical from Zimbabwe tells the story of a young boy from a modest background who, against all the odds, becomes a football star.

In many ways, the show reflects the inspirational stories of the 30 artists who perform in it. The two men who brought them together - former circus owner Gerry Cottle and Saimon Mbazo Phiri, the director of the theatre company Siyaya - and Consolata Ngwenya, one of the performers, join Sir David.

Discrimination in Australia and assisted suicide

 

A row has erupted in Australia over the treatment of the country's Aboriginal people. Nigel Scullion, an opposition politician and chair of the select committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities, joins the show.

Plus, it is reported that more than 100 Britons have chosen to end their lives in Switzerland's Dignitas clinics, but should people have the right to choose how and when they die? Sir David is joined by Dr Steve Field, the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and Edward Turner, the son of Dr Anne Turner, who ended her life in Switzerland.

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