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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Meanwhile...

Kyrgyzstan has an honest to goodness election and there doesn't appear to be any fraud. Unfortunately, the voters don't appear to be well informed on what the positions of the candidates are and the two front runners decided to team up... (however, >80% turnout isn't anything to sneeze at)


Landslide win for Kyrgyz leader Kurmanbek Bakiev

Kyrgyzstan's acting president, Kurmanbek Bakiev, has won a landslide victory in a presidential election.

With almost all the votes counted, Mr Bakiev has 89% support, giving him an insurmountable lead, the election commission said.

He was appointed acting president by opposition groups following the downfall of former leader Askar Akayev, who fled into exile five months ago.

Election officials say the turnout was nearly 75%, much higher than expected.

A turnout of 50% was needed for the poll to be valid.

Full results, as well as a verdict on the fairness of the poll from observers with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, are expected on Monday afternoon


so, yeah. it was an election (which is good), but it probably could've been better. Probably more important than the first election of a country is the second election. One vote, one time does not a democracy make.

When I first saw this news, I immediately checked out my favorite blogs for democracy in this region... and yes, they had already posted on the topic and did more justice than I could.
Registan.net (here and more recently, here)
PubliusPundit

I also look forward to the thoughts of the Gateway Pundit. I notice that Bushitler's March of Democracy appears to have inspired yet another country... *sigh*

Why won't these people listen to the Lefties in the western world and realize that democracy is a capitalist construct imposed on them by the bougeiose?


;-)



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