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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Shocker: Asad Wins Third Term

Bashar al-Asad has (surprise, surprise!) won a third Presidential term. The Syrian regime is claiming 88.7% of the vote went to him (less than was claimed for Sisi in Egypt).  What's more, they're claiming a turnout of 73.47%. Does that include the opposition and all the refugees?


Anonymous said...

If my history book and your logic are both right, then Abraham Lincoln's election in 1864 was a farce because a nation-wide election was not held.

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Ah, but Lincoln's rival McClellan ddn't tell everybody they should vote for Lincoln.