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Friday, May 27, 2005

Jimmah "See No Evil" Carter


It seems that Jimmy "See No Evil" Carter has blessed another election that appears to have significant problems... This is his modus operandi, jumping in prematurely to declare electoral purity when dictators, fascists, and authoritarian socialists (Venezuelan Chavez in 2004) are "elected," but keeping his powder dry when an actual election takes place (US 2004).

Friend to leftist thugs worldwide, former President Jimmy Carter

From CNN

Early results showed the opposition making strong gains -- it had held 12 seats in the departing 547-seat parliament -- but a lead for the ruling party that has held power since ending an oppressive dictatorship in 1991.

So far, results from 157 constituencies have been released, with 61 seats going to the opposition. Tension was high as the nation awaited comprehensive results, and both opposition and ruling parties claimed victory.

The National Electoral Board had promised to release provisional results Saturday, but only a handful of counts came in. It has been releasing new counts each day.

The EU report also said former U.S. President Carter, who led a team of 50 election observers, undermined the electoral process and EU criticism with "his premature blessing of the elections and early positive assessment of the results."

Unless there is a "drastic reverse toward good democratic practice" the observer team and EU "will have to publicly denounce the situation."

"Otherwise, the EU jointly with ex-President Carter will be held largely responsible for the lack of transparency, and assumed rigging, of the elections."

The opposition repeatedly has accused the ruling party of fraud, though foreign monitors have said the elections were the most open in Ethiopia's history.

The opposition threatened to boycott parliament if the allegations of vote fraud were not properly investigated by a joint team that should include representatives of political parties, electoral authorities and international observers.

EU observers had said soon after ballots were cast that the vote was "the most genuinely competitive elections the country has experienced" despite some problems and human rights violations.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, known as one of the continent's more progressive leaders, has pledged that his sometimes authoritarian government would introduce greater democracy. Many saw the polls as a test of his commitment to reform.

Ethiopia was an absolute monarchy under Emperor Haile Selassie until the mid-1970s, when a brutal Marxist junta overthrew him.
Meles' rebel group overthrew the junta in 1991. Meles became president, then prime minister in 1995. He retained his seat in the May 15 elections.

at least this guy is only sometimes authoritarian... I suppose Jimmy's probably right on this one...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler