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Two Elections in the World Spotlight

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Posted on Jun 7, 2009
AP photo / Yves Logghe

European parliamentarians monitor the results of the European elections Sunday.

The world saw two major elections on Sunday—one on a continental scale, the other much smaller but no less talked about. The European Parliament will tilt further to the right after an election with near record-low turnout.

BBC:

Centre-right parties have done well in elections to the European Parliament at the expense of the left.

Far-right and anti-immigrant parties also made gains, as turnout figures plunged to between 43 and 44%.

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In Lebanon, meanwhile, it appears that the U.S.-backed governing coalition will survive a strong effort by Hezbollah to win a majority.

Wall Street Journal:

Official results weren’t expected until Monday. But unofficial results from some key battleground contests suggested the Hezbollah-led opposition did not capture enough votes to win a majority. The head of the Western-backed coalition announced victory early Monday.

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By ardee, June 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

PaulRevere, June 8 at 2:44 am #
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Hezbollah DID NOT Lose…

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Nor did it win. As the article notes it failed to gain the majority it hoped for. In fact, it wound up with exactly the same number of seats as it had last year. I seem to remember hearing, contrary to the WSJ report, that the turnout was much lower than predicted, around 47% in fact. Perhaps that is why Hezbollah failed to gain a majority…..

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By Folktruther, June 8, 2009 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

You can’t take election reprorts in the US media at face value.  They are all skewed toward established power.

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By omop, June 8, 2009 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

Paul Revere’s comments are spot on on two points;- a) Hezbollah did not lose and may end up with two more seats than it had. And b) the US acceleration into the abyss is growing exponentially in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

What would really warrant a Td headline and commentary would be; “Election in Saudi Arabia in the World Spotlight”.

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By Folktruther, June 8, 2009 at 12:43 am Link to this comment

This Lebonan election was a main reason for the timing of Obama’s speech.

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By PaulRevere, June 7, 2009 at 11:44 pm Link to this comment
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Hezbollah DID NOT Lose…

another rigged election (by observers (spooks), etc…)

just like the very timely bin bogeyman appearance

or the always surging financial markets

when, in reality,

Plunge Protection Team notwithstanding,

the dollar will not outlive 2009.

laugh and snicker…  please remember who told you first.

hariri was not the work of Syria (say France, where’s the main witness in your care?  what a convenient “disappearance” heh?)  Look south of Lebanon for the answer (German neocon Spiegel notwithstanding)

Rigged election overseas bu US intel?

not at all a new phenomenon…  i.e Greece, South / Central America + many faked colored “revolutions” in former Soviet republics…

(or even US, how many MSM still maintain bush “won” in 2000 and 2004?)

open your eyes…

this is no change at all but an acceleration into the abyss.

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