July 30, 2006

Is Africa Hopeless? -- Michael
— Ace

Maybe not.

Updated: 6:07 p.m. ET July 30, 2006
KINSHASA, Congo - Millions of Congolese voted enthusiastically in their first free elections in over 40 years on Sunday, hoping to end years of war, corruption and chaos that have brought the mineral-rich African giant to its knees.

U.N. officials and foreign observers said turnout was high and voting was mostly orderly and peaceful at the landmark polls, aimed at turning the page on a 1998-2003 war that sucked in six neighboring states and killed 4 million people.

Seems like a miracle that people are peacefully voting in such a wretched part of the world. But here they are, headed for the ballot box:

Congolese Head To The Ballot Box.jpg

Reuters - Congo votes in first free election in forty years

Posted by: Ace at 05:02 PM | Comments (9)
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1 Freedom and self-determination are the constant yearning of men's souls.

Except for John Kerry - he's happy with a perm, a smoothie, and his karaoke room at home with closed circuit.

Posted by: John at July 30, 2006 05:18 PM (30uPm)

2 If you ask many Africans? Yes.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 30, 2006 05:31 PM (FuM7z)

3 oh boy, another election, will it follow the fine tradition of african elections, 1 man, 1 vote, 1 time?
what are the odds of anything except a corrupt incompetent regime that either becomes or falls to a dictator/general/president for life

Posted by: at July 30, 2006 05:42 PM (7iHyO)

4 Their voting and hopfuly be able to get a good leader and not another evil man like ROBERT MUGABE

Posted by: spurwing plover at July 31, 2006 04:18 AM (760E/)

5 a 1998-2003 war that sucked in six neighboring states

Yes, the war sucked, not only in the Congo, but in six neighboring states as well.

(Sorry, I just felt the juvinile dimension had yet to be aired on this topic. )

Posted by: a guy in pajamas at July 31, 2006 04:37 AM (8UM23)

6 Soon....we here in the west will begin to understand that elections don't mean much when the only ones voted in are more of the same.

Hamas elections proved this.

UN officials mean crap. They are supposed to guarantee an honest election when they are over there raping young girls themselves. It seems some of the world has already forgotten that they did that in Bosnia, Burundi, Haiti, Liberia - just to name a few.

Hand counting ballots should lead to fair, accurate results. Right.

Posted by: Pixelflash at July 31, 2006 07:58 AM (O+1/6)

7 yes michael, africa is hopeless. but nobody will read this comment, because ace of spades without ace sux. no offense.

Posted by: rb at July 31, 2006 01:49 PM (3cUQu)

8 well ok, but i'm not so sure of the value of elections in a country with no democratic institutions. the person elected might very well be similar to whoever would've held power in undemocratic circumstances.

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