Blog of Mass Distraction

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Electoral Progress

Chile has made history by electing their first female leader Michelle Bachelet. Bachelet, a doctor and single mother, has promised to bring more social justice and better represent women and indigenous people. Moreover President-elect Bachelet has promised to give half her cabinet posts to women including finance and defense posts. This bold move is something only achieved by two other countries in the world.

Liberia too elected its first female leader and the first generally elected female leader for Africa, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. The former finance minister won against opponent and football star George Weah.

Finnish President Tarja Halonen has also secured a second term in office defeating her conservative opponent Sauli Niinisto. She is the first female president of Finland.

I also heard recently on CBC of a group in Nepal that's conducting raids on brothels in India. The raids on bordering areas in India are to free Nepalese sex slaves. Brought over as captives by traffickers and sold into slavery, the groups also try to get information on the traffickers so they can be brought to justice.

Oh, a few of the high profile front-runners for the Liberal leadership have refused to make a run for it, including Frank McKenna and John Manley.

We have done almost everything in pairs since Noah, except govern. And the world has suffered for it. -- Bella Abzug,1518,395516,00.html


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