Thursday, March 19, 2009

Election results

According to Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines the results of the referendum on the constitution changes in Azerbaijan have been released already.

Actually, the results could have been released before the voters went to the polls. It was a manifestly anti-democratic vote in every sense of the word. The goal of the constitutional change was to reduce the threat of democratic change. The decision to hold the referendum was rushed through. And the actual conduct of the vote was apparently held without recourse to democratic niceties.

What will the US Embassy say this time? Will the US government acquiesce to yet another move to consolidate an anti-democratic regime?