(This traditional dish of fried potatoes with a rolled pickled herring is supposed to get you cured from your hangover on New Year’s Day.)
It is a New Year, but one night of partying and a change in calender dates is not going to change much, when it comes to the state the world is in. So, let us have a look at what is going on and reported on this morning, below the fold:
Most important and covered last night by Zooey, here at The Zoo already, Benazir Bhutto had evidence that Musharraf and the ISI had used US aid funds to try and rig the upcoming elections.
Sarfraz Ali Lashari, a senior PPP official who works in its election monitoring cell, told The Times that he had helped to compile a 200-page report on the Government’s efforts to rig the poll, which Ms Bhutto planned to give to the Americans and to the press the day she was killed.
But that’s not all:
The second report, which Ms Bhutto did not plan to release to the media, alleged that the ISI was using some of the $10 billion (£5 billion) in US military aid that Pakistan has received since 2001 to run a covert election operation from a safe house in G5, a central district of Islamabad, he said.
Elections, what elections? Musharraf is in a fix. The murder of Benazir Bhutto will bring a lot of sympathy votes to the PPP, now that they have swiftly found themselves a successor to Ms Bhutto, the Pakistan People’s Party is set up to win elections on January 8th in a landslide even. The PPP is equally in a fix. Bilawal Bhutto is too young to run for office and his father Asif Zardari is a hard sell to the Pakistani voters, his history of corruption doesn’t endear him to the people and the PPP desperately needs those sympathy votes. The new election date will be announced tomorrow evening.
In another part of the world, Kenya, elections have taken place already. But with the results being so close and accusations of voter fraud being exchanged to and fro, the country is rife with violence. There are fears, that the country will drift into a full blown civil war. Hard-core tourists, however, seem not to be too concerned:
European tourists arriving at Nairobi’s five-star hotels looked bemused as they arrived for luxury safaris. Holiday-makers swam in the outdoor pool at the Intercontinental hotel as politicians held press conferences by the sun loungers.
More elections, anyone? Well there is still the US Presidential Race. Mitt Romney‘s campaign is covered by “The Times” today and their US elections blog asks: How many Republican frontrunners does it take to change a lightbulb? The Hillary Clinton campaign is unearthing Old Bill again – well, he is good at confessions, isn’t he? Desperate means – Obama’s in the lead. And then there is – yes, Michael Bloomberg, of course! The dark horse in the race. Will he? Won’t he? “Der Spiegel” says he is preparing to run.
Enough to keep you reading while you have this years’ first cup of coffee. “Europeanview” wishes you all a good start in the day and into 2008. Take Care!