Monday, November 22, 2004

Identify Today's Mystery Country

Identify the Mystery Country. To make it more difficult, some words are removed from these quotes from the Washington Post article:

*** was thrown into turmoil Monday by nearly-complete election results from *** presidential election, which gave *** an insurmountable three point lead but raised the threat of unrest because of angry charges by the opposition and *** observers that the vote was tainted by widespread fraud.

Tens of thousands of people flooded *** in the capital Monday amid calls for a general strike or even the kind of revolution that toppled regimes in Serbia and Georgia after suspect elections.

In strikingly frank language, election monitors laid out a litany of election day abuses that they said called into question the validity of the vote, as well as the future legitimacy of any *** presidency. One British member of a European Parliament observer group, using language rarely heard in election missions in Europe, said the turnout and results from certain districts favorable to *** could best be compared with elections in North Korea or in Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

"It is now apparent that there was a concerted and forceful program of election day fraud and abuse enacted with the leadership or cooperation of authorities," said *** of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "In my judgment President ***, even at this late stage, has the opportunity and responsibility to review all of this."

Western monitors cited among a long list of complaints unusually heavy turnouts in districts favorable to ***.

Observers also said that *** were forced to apply for absentee ballot certificates by their managers, and the filled-in ballots were collected at their places of work. Students were similarly coerced by professors and deans, according to the OSCE at a press conference in which officials said there were simply too many violations to enumerate them all.

"*** did not meet a considerable number of standards of the OSCE and the European Council for democratic elections," said George of the OSCE. The organization called for an almost complete review of the vote by the *** authorities.

The answer to our Mystery Country quiz is in the Comments section.


Blogger Ron Chusid said...

To reveal the identy of our mystery country, which sounds eerily familiar, I'll post a another quote from the article which provides the comments from someone else who recently won an election under similar circumstances:

"President Bush, in a letter that Lugar carried to Ukraine, had warned Kuchma that the United States would review its relations with the country if there was electoral fraud."

12:42 PM  

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