Friday, January 18, 2008

Democracy in action

Just days before Cubans go to the polls to “elect” a new parliament, diplomatic representatives of the Castro regime have been busy talking up the election on Sunday as fair and democratic.

Funnily enough, they are even able to predict the outcome with absolute certainty! May have something to do with the fact that there are 614 candidates on the ballot paper vying for exactly 614 seats in the National Assembly of People's Power.

As they say, very fair and very democratic.

So, let’s hear first from Jorge Alberto Bolaños, a senior regime official who was recently appointed head of the quasi-embassy Havana keeps in Washington, known as the Cuban Interest Session.

The very perceptive Mr Bolaños has told Reuters that he is pretty sure Fidel Castro will get re-elected as a deputy.


“I am confident Fidel will get re-elected deputy, with the highest voting of any one,” he said, although he stopped short of predicting whether the ailing 81-year-old dictator would be elected head of State.

Meanwhile, the press attaché at the Cuban embassy in Buenos Aires, a gentleman by the name of Orestes Hernandez, has told local media that contrary to “enemy propaganda … we have elections in Cuba just like elections everywhere else in the world”.

And in Malaysia, the Cuban ambassador, Carlos Amores, has explained that the Cuban Communist Party plays no role whatsoever in the nomination of candidates for the parliament, let alone their election.

No, sir, it’s all up to the people, Mr Amores insisted, adding that this “unique” electoral system has allowed Cubans to “enjoy peace, stability and social justice”.

Shameless.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Not a genius said...

This is shameless like a cobra is venomous. It is simply the nature of the creature, an intrinsic part of its functional and survival apparatus. It is futile to expect the animal to be what it is not and never has been.

What is far more remarkable, or at least less inevitable, is that anyone in the free Western media would fail to see this farce for what it is (or rather, fail to call it by its true name).

2:55 am  
Blogger Apa said...

Wow!

"No, sir, it’s all up to the people, Mr Amores insisted, adding that this “unique” electoral system has allowed Cubans to “enjoy peace, stability and social justice”.

I'm sure that is exactly how it is going done. And the Cubans do enjoy peace and stability... as long as it is the governments idea of peace and stability... Otherwise, they can enjoy some alone time in jail.

Is anybody actually buying any of this crap?

6:31 am  

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