Wednesday, April 22, 2009

South Africa Votes

The BBC is reporting massive line ups for South Africa's election today. South Africa is a well established democracy and a beacon of light in a continent full of messed up countries. I hope this election goes well, and I hope the opposition parties do well. There's been a lot of concern about the likely winner Jacob Zuma:

In a polling station queue, leader of the official opposition Democratic Alliance party, Helen Zille, told the BBC that South Africans needed to "stop Zuma to save the constitution".

"He's a one-man constitution-wrecking machine and what he says and what he does are two different things," she said.

The alliance has repeatedly suggested that if the ANC retains its two-thirds majority, it might change the constitution to protect Mr Zuma from prosecution - claims he has denied.

Sounds like the stakes are high enough that it's worth lining up to vote.

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