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EU Voters Give Ho Hum To Election

Only about 43% of eligible voters turned out for the European Union parliament elections which witnessed a strong showing by center-right parties as well as Green candidates. It appears that socialist parties such as the UK Labor Party went down to a resounding defeat because voters did not believe they were offering policies that dealt with their concerns about unemployment as well as the tricky issue of immigrants. A member of the British Fascist party even won a seat most probably because of a campaign against immigrants in his country. Jose Manuel Barros, president of the EU executive European Commission, argued, “Overall, the results are an undeniable victory for those parties and candidates that support the European project and want to see the European Union delivery policy responses to their everyday concerns.”

The European Union elections still lack the presence of major candidates offering policies that would deal with these everyday concerns. There is scant doubt many candidates ran for office on a platform of fear, fear of the stranger, fear of immigrants. Perhaps, it is time for a presidency which can offer leadership for the entire European Union.

Ahmadinejad Supporters Win Parliamentary Elections

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s supporters apparently have gained an overwhelming majority in parliamentary elections. Reformist parties opposed to the president stood scant chance of winnng sinc the Guardian Council, which approves all candidates, wiped off the ballot at least 200 reformists. Reform opponents of Ahmadenijad were only able to run candidates in about 60 of the 290 electoral districts. The Interior Minister, Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, said 71% of votes went to conservative factions and 29% went to “other groups,” and we all know who that means. Abot 60% of voters turned out which conservatives hailed as a dramatic challenge to America which has been attacking Ahmadinejad.

The cnservatives are split, one faction is upset at the inept economic performance of Ahmadinejad whose handling of the nation’s economy has resulted in an 18% inflation rate and high unemployment. Ahmadinejad has been able to use Western rhetoric, particularly statements by President Bush, to cast himself as a defender of Iran against foreign elements which seek to overthrow the government.

The best way for the United States to help reform groups in Iran is to lower the threat rhetoric and emphasize the need for disscusions and peace with Iran.