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SBK
02-05-2005, 12:35 PM
I still can't figure out why the American press hasn't picked this one up yet? :shake:

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/2/5/103447.shtml

Saudi Arabia to Hold Historic Elections Less than two weeks after elections in Iraq confounded media predictions of failure and showed that Arabs would indeed grab their chance for freedom, Saudi Arabia is set to hold its own historic first round of democratic elections.

The amazing development has gone virtually unreported in the American press, undoubtedly because it adds even further vindication to President Bush's decision to press the Iraqi liberation.

Reporting out of its Riyadh bureau on Friday, however, the Associated Press detailed preparations for the watershed vote under the headline, "Election Fever Catches on in Saudi Arabia": "The country's first nationwide elections, beginning next Thursday, are only for local councils, with voters electing half of the councils' members," said the AP. "But the ballot is seen as a concrete step in a reform process no one had expected." "The municipal elections will be carried out in three phases, beginning with the Riyadh region, where about 1,800 candidates will contest 127 seats," the wire service said. Initially, there was scant interest in the vote, at least until Jan. 29, when the candidates' campaigns began. "I didn't take it seriously. I regret I didn't sign up," Khaled Muhammad, 26, told the AP. He was visiting an information tent to learn more about the process so he could participate in future elections. Still despite the slow start, previously unimaginable scenes are now playing out on Riyadh's streets, the AP said. "For the first time there are forums - daily meetings at candidates' headquarters - where people can discuss social issues away from the control of religious authorities. "Candidate fliers are thrown into open car windows, and brochures are folded into newspapers. One woman even called a candidate praising his looks and offering to be a second wife." "Who would have thought that one day there would be candidates' pictures in the streets?" Sulaiman al-Hattlan, a U.S.-educated columnist, wrote for Al-Watan daily. "Who would have thought that one day there would be slogans urging participation in decision making?" "This is a sign that given an opportunity to open up and adopt new concepts, [Saudi] society will take it," he added.

KC Jones
02-05-2005, 01:05 PM
Iraq had elections before we showed up. The elections in Saudia Arabia will be just as credible as the ones that Saddam held. Whereas Iraq is on the path towards a democracy, Saudia Arabia is an Aristocracy and not on the path towards democracy.

Calcountry
02-05-2005, 01:08 PM
Bush's legacy may very well be these words right here,

"Freedom is God's gift to humanity."

BigMeatballDave
02-05-2005, 01:47 PM
Iraq had elections before we showed up. The elections in Saudia Arabia will be just as credible as the ones that Saddam held. Whereas Iraq is on the path towards a democracy, Saudia Arabia is an Aristocracy and not on the path towards democracy.Yeah, Iraq's elections under Saddam we're: Do you want Saddam as you're president? Yes-No Voting No probably got you an all expense paid trip to the plastic shredder...

Pitt Gorilla
02-05-2005, 01:53 PM
Uh, shortbus, I saw this reported on CBS (I think, it could have been NBC) news a few days ago. It was a very well done piece. You shouldn't have to lie to make a point.

Cochise
02-05-2005, 02:51 PM
Old Iraqi Election Ballot:

__ Saddam
__ Please kill me and torture my family

SBK
02-05-2005, 06:45 PM
Uh, shortbus, I saw this reported on CBS (I think, it could have been NBC) news a few days ago. It was a very well done piece. You shouldn't have to lie to make a point.

I was quoting the article. Don't bother reading it. :thumb:

KCWolfman
02-05-2005, 06:49 PM
They are only local elections. Basically they are voting for who their favorite puppets to do the upper politics system work will be.

KC Jones
02-05-2005, 09:29 PM
They are only local elections. Basically they are voting for who their favorite puppets to do the upper politics system work will be.

You're giving them more credit than I am. I was thinking it would be more like electing your neighborhood association president.

KCWolfman
02-05-2005, 09:42 PM
You're giving them more credit than I am. I was thinking it would be more like electing your neighborhood association president.
The bigwigs needs someone's local butt to stick a hand up and tell them what to say.

Pitt Gorilla
02-05-2005, 09:59 PM
I was quoting the article. Don't bother reading it. :thumb:I read the article; I don't see how your quoting of it makes it any less crap.

SBK
02-05-2005, 10:21 PM
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Reporting out of its Riyadh bureau on Friday, however, the Associated Press detailed preparations for the watershed vote under the headline, "Election Fever Catches on in Saudi Arabia": "The country's first nationwide elections, beginning next Thursday, are only for local councils, with voters electing half of the councils' members," said the AP. "But the ballot is seen as a concrete step in a reform process no one had expected." "The municipal elections will be carried out in three phases, beginning with the Riyadh region, where about 1,800 candidates will contest 127 seats," the wire service said. Initially, there was scant interest in the vote, at least until Jan. 29, when the candidates' campaigns began..


PITT-
This is the part I was pointing out. I don't think that this election means they are going to be a USA type of democracy, but it could be a step in the right direction. Much like Iraq.

Im sure you thought the Iraq election was total crap too.

KCWolfman
02-05-2005, 10:30 PM
I read the article; I don't see how your quoting of it makes it any less crap.
Regardless, that doesn't make it his lie as you erroneously pointed out