Friday, September 12, 2008

Meanwhile, in Angola ...

While the Castro brothers and their shameless apologists continue to claim that Cuban parliamentary “elections” are “truly democratic” (you know, one vote, one candidate, on guaranteed result), voters elsewhere in the world obviously know best.

Even some of Cuba’s oldest Marxist allies have embraced multi-party elections, albeit with some reservations.

The latest to do so is Angola, where elections were held this week after 33 years of uninterrupted rule by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), a one-time guerrilla movement that for a time became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cuban Communist Party.

As you can read in this piece published by The Economist, the vote was far from perfect, which may explain why the MPLA ended up with 80 per cent of the popular vote – a landslide. But as the article states, it was at least a hopeful step forward.

If only someone would tell Havana.


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