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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Syrian Election Results Exactly Predicted: Sun Still Coming Up in the East

Syria held elections yesterday. (No, really.) I'm sorry, I didn't post about it. I keep writing about the Egyptian elections instead. One reason is that no one knows who's going to win in Egypt (unless SCAF knows). Syria's "competitive," "multi-party" elections (no, really, they swear) are so predictable that one Shakeeb al-Jabri posted a list of winners on Facebook on Sunday. The polls didn't open until Monday.

Now, as the results are coming in, surprise! surprise!, the list is nearly exactly accurate. The original list in Arabic is here, as are these comments:

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