Tuesday, May 29, 2007

In a surprising turn of events

Syria's foremost candidate for a charisma transplant, Bashar Assad, has apparently won a referendum in which he was re-elected for another seven-year term.

In a political battle strategically juxtaposed with the concurrent struggle for leadership of the Israeli Labor Party, Assad showed everyone how it's done, by running against himself.

At won 97.62% of the vote.

Against himself.

97.62%

Not 100%. 97.62%.

Against, I repeat, himself.

Call me naive, but it seems to me that when you have no opposition, and the people only have one option, 97.62% is not really as close to 100% as it sounds.

One can only wonder whom the remaining 2.38% voted for.

Anyway, as Interior Minister Bassam Abdel-Majid noted, sagely: "The wide consensus showcases Syria's political maturity and our multi-party politics."

Quite.

4 Comments:

Anonymous jennifer said...

Wow, an entire country involved in self-deception (except that 2.38%).

29 May, 2007 22:37  
Blogger Nizo said...

"jennifer said...
Wow, an entire country involved in self-deception (except that 2.38%). "

It's either a vote for Assad or a vacation to the famous Tadmor prison where one would have a free séjour and massage courtesy of the secret police.

I wouldn't be suprised if the vote was 100% but the 2.38 was a fabrication to show that there was some kind of "process".

A farce indeed. But nobody is laughing.

30 May, 2007 15:33  
Blogger IsraeliDiary said...

Looks like it's just a tradition there, to make Syrians feel like it's Democracy, like they've got any rights.

Sad. Tragic. Pathetic.

One day it will change. Wait for Assad to do something stupid. Don't be surprised if it happens soon...

02 June, 2007 06:46  
Blogger Lirun said...

no i wouldnt be surprised that half a million people got it right.. 2+% doesnt sound like much but if its real then that is a lot..

at the same time - wouldnt be surprised if the stats are calculated on inconsistent data.. census figures are hard enough to manage in modern countries let alone places where infrastructure is unprioritised..

02 June, 2007 21:24  

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