Ukraine, Rigged Elections

Exit polls will be published soon from the Ukraine election. Western-leaning opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko was favored to win, according to AFB, and a Reuters report.

And speaking of rigged elections, here's Bush-style Democracy in action:

The Bush Administration is talking to Iraqi leaders about guaranteeing Sunni Arabs a certain number of ministries or high-level jobs in the future Iraqi government if, as is widely predicted, Sunni candidates fail to do well in Iraq's elections.

An even more radical step has been raised, one that a Western diplomat said had already been mentioned to an aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric.

It is the possibility of adding some of the top vote-getters among the Sunni candidates to the 275-member legislature, even if they lose to non-Sunni candidates.

Ukraine Update, Looks like a blowout:

Yushchenko, 50, took 56.5 percent of the vote in the new vote, according to a poll conducted by a group of pollsters including the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Center for Political and Economic Studies, to 41.3 percent for Yanukovych, 53. The figures were released as polling stations closed at 8 p.m.

Tags: Foreign Elections (all tags)



Shame that given the massive election shenanigans
...they couldn't do the same thing for Democrats here..

Guilty consciences getting to them?

by ultraworld 2004-12-26 08:29AM | 0 recs
Exit Polls show larger margin than vote totals...
The vote totals show it 53 to 44, not 56 to 41...
was their fraud again? or does some-one need to teach these people how to do a proper exit poll?
by Zee2 2004-12-27 08:50AM | 0 recs
"Bush-style democracy"
Actually, what the Bush Administration is talking about in Iraq isn't "rigging;" it's "proportional representation," and it's used by just about every democratic nation in the world that doesn't speak English.

Of course, as Atrios has pointed out, the GOP is somewhat less enthusiastic about applying those kinds of ideas here at home.

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