May 13, 2005

THE MIDDLE OF THE OREO FIRST:

Mongolia boasts a vibrant democracy (Kathleen Hwang, May. 14, 2005, UPI)

Fifteen years after the collapse of communism in Mongolia, a vibrant, feisty democracy has taken root in this remote land, driven by the energy of a young generation fiercely determined to forge an independent identity for their homeland.

Four candidates are campaigning in the country's third regular presidential election, scheduled for May 22, and are supported or criticized by dozens of independent newspapers and radio stations, at least five private television stations and state-run national television. None of the candidates is more than 50 years old.

There are approximately 1.5 million registered voters in this country of 2.5 million people. Everyone over 18 is eligible, and more than 80 percent are expected to turn out for the election, including nomadic herders who inhabit the remote parts of the country. [...]

Sandwiched between China and Russia, and dominated by first one then the other over the past 350 years, Mongolia is acutely aware of the need to fortify its fragile independence by strengthening its economy, its political institutions and its participation in international forums.

The platforms of the two parties are not as far apart as their names and histories imply. Both support a market economy, and both see fighting poverty, unemployment and corruption as their major challenges.

"It's very difficult to say who is more progressive," Sanjaasurengin Oyun, a member of Parliament and founder of the Citizens Will -- Republican Party, told UPI. "In general the Democrats are more liberal. The MPRP is slightly obsolete; they still have some of the old mentality. But when it comes to discipline and hard work, the MPRP is much better."


History being over for even Mongolian nomads, can we declared it officially at an End?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2005 8:26 PM
Comments

There are approximately 1.5 million registered voters in this country of 2.5 million people. Everyone over 18 is eligible, and more than 80 percent are expected to turn out for the election...

From your point of view, is this good ?

I thought that you were opposed to mass participation in elections ?

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at May 14, 2005 2:52 AM

Indeed, how many of those voters aren't married and don't own property?

Posted by: Governor Breck at May 14, 2005 6:16 AM

In our elections. We are trying to preserve liberty.

Posted by: oj at May 14, 2005 8:35 AM

What's the difference?

Posted by: Governor Breck at May 14, 2005 9:08 AM

Oh, hey man, you edited your post! It went from the patented smug OJ three word response to actually offering an explanation. Trickery trickery trickery!
I think you've cracked under the strain of the Yalta debate.

Posted by: Governor Breck at May 14, 2005 9:25 AM

Gov,

If a saintly woman hadn't unaccountably broken down and married Orrin, he'd be the title character from A Confederacy of Dunces.

As it is, he is Crazy As A Bedbug (in addition to being a Natural Born Genius of the Meta Headline and other disciplines obscure and sundry).

If he'd ever crack and turn sane we'd have to organize a therapeutic intervention.

Posted by: Eugene S. at May 14, 2005 11:15 AM
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