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It's a total transformation in the form of government from a 240-year-old Hindu monarchy to a non-democratic and repressive  Proletarian Dictatorship.





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They are as such today in Nepal, though the results aren't yet available. We may be sure that if they are not acceptable to the Maoists they won't be accepted, either. Democracy and Communism can never live together, Democracy and Monarchism can, what an irony. Personally if I were in charge in Britain I would have said to Nepal years ago "Thanks for all your help, and here's a few battalions of Gurkhas to deal with your little Maoist problem. Keep them while you need them, it'll take as long as it takes."


To the above, I'd have added:

And, here's a bit of advise,
let the commons prattle on, address any real concerns they raise, but in all cases, let them think they are being heard....


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For the very merry month month of May:


10-Burma- There will be a referendum on a proposed constitution that would set parliamentary elections for 2010. Too bad the Saffron Revolution didn't pan out. Though, I have read that Than Shwe may be a monarchist. According to this 2007 Asia Times article:

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The introverted and superstitious leader is also known to be the driving force behind the junta's bizarre decision to move the national capital 400 kilometers north from Yangon to Naypyidaw in 2005. Some political analysts have speculated that the new capital was built toward the aim of re-establishing the country's long-abolished monarchy as part of a broader political transition where Than Shwe would assume a newly established throne. 
 


11-Serbia- Good luck to the monarchist parties. Very important elections.

17-Kuwait- I think the Muslim Brotherhood is a lesser evil than arab socialism. The MB's Kuwait affiliate is Hadas.

21-Georgia- I'm pulling for the opposition in this contest. Saakashvili is a neocon republican.

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Sorry for the delay, I've been rather sidetracked by school.


Guernsey held parliamentary elections on April 23rd. Nothing any of us needed to worry about there, as there's no real republican movement in Guernsey.

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Tonga held a parliamentary election over the 23rd and the 24th of April. The 9 nobles' representatives were elected on the 23rd and the 9 people's representatives were elected on the 24th. The remaining members of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga are composed of 10 members of the Privy Council of His Majesty the King of Tonga and two Governors. These 12 members are appointed by HM the King of Tonga. These elections were the last to be held before democratic reforms to the Legislative Assembly are implemented in 2010. Those reforms will change the seating balance as follows: 17 MPs would be elected by the people, 9 MPs would be elected by the nobles, and 4 MPs would be appointed by HM the King of Tonga.

Following is a list of the candidates for each seat(grouped by island...er....grouping), with the winners in bold.* Political party affiliation is listed on the left of the candidate's name, and the number of votes they received are listed on the right of their name. Now for the list:

PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES
 Eua (1 member)
  HRDM            Sunia Fili                              849
  Independent   Tevita Lavemaau                    506
  Independent   Tevita Tupou                         437
  Independent   Siosaia Hausia                        277
  Independent   Tu'ipulotu Lauaki                     136
  Independent   'Asipeli Mafi                            130
  Independent   Veisinia Tupou Tu'itakau Kaho    56
  Independent   Hakeai Vea Havea                   12

 Ha'apai (2 members)
  HRDM            'Uliti Uata                     2491
  Independent   Teisina Fuko                 1374
  Independent   Mo'ale Finau                   1230
  Independent   'Osai Latu                      1060
  Independent   Siosaia K Ma'ake Paluto    853
  Independent   Lopeti Kamipeli Tofa         405
  Independent   Sione Tu'itupou Fotu        401
  Independent   Siaosi Vaikona                310
  Independent   Sosaia Finau                  306

 Niuas (1 member)
  Independent   Sione Mafi 'Iloa              462
  Independent   Sione Peauafi Haukinima    352
  HRDM            Lepolo Taunisila               236
  Independent   'Ofa Simiki                      207

 Tongatapu (3 members)
  HRDM            'Akilisi Pohiva                           11290
  HRDM            'Isileli Pulu                                7048
  PDP               Clive Edwards                           6697
  Independent   Sione Sangster Saulala                 5451
  Independent   'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau                      2802
  PLT               Sione Fonua                               2768
  Independent   Semisi P I Tapueluelu                    2727
  Independent   Mele Teusivi 'Amanaki                   1523
  Independent   Semisi 'Ofa Fukofuka                     1150
  Independent   'Alisi Pone Fotu                            1136
  Independent   Mateitalo Folaumoetao Mahu'inga    1082
  Independent   Sitiveni Takaetali Finau                 922
  Independent   Mateaki Ki he Lotu Heimuli              828
  Independent   Latanoa Pikula                             795
  Independent   Sateki Finau                                675
  Independent   Filimone Fifita                              649
  Independent   Sulunga Lavaka                            594
  Independent   'Akanete Ta'ai Lauti                      454
  Independent   Sione Tu'i'onetoa                          394
  Independent   Salesi Kauvaka                            269
  Independent   Tupou Malohi                               259
  Independent   Semisi Nauto Tuapasi 'Ata'ata         185
  Independent   'Alani Fisher Taione                       184
  Independent   'Eliu Hafoka                                 181
  Independent   Malu Faletau                               165
  Independent   Hoatatau Tenisi                            162
  Independent   Punalei Nuku                               144
  Independent   'Eliesa Fifita                                118

 Vava'u (2 members)
  Independent   'Etuate Sungalu Lavulavu        2116
  Independent   Samiu Vaipulu                        1896
  Independent   Viliami Uasike Latu                    1845
  Independent   Salesi Paea                              1471
  Independent   Masao Paasi                             1213
  Independent   'Opeti Pulotu                            917
  Independent   Viliami Helu                              726
  Independent   Tevita Moengangongo Saia         700
  Independent   Sione Kilipati Lea                       674
  Independent   Peauafi Tatafu                          557
  Independent   Polutele Tu'ihalamaka                  544
  Independent   Viliula Mafi                                442
  Independent   Moleni Taufa                             383
  Independent   Viliami Pasikala                           191
  Independent   Keuli Pasina Lavaki                     185
  Independent   Paula K Kava                             177
  Independent   'Ofa Kitokelau Fakalata                113
  Independent   Mataiasi Moteini Moala                 104
  Independent   Tongovua Tae Appleton               86
  Independent   Temaleti Levaitai Fulivai Faka'osi    73
  Independent   Kapeliele Fungalei Cocker              72
  Independent   To'ofohe Loketi Teaupa                51

Nobles' Representatives
 Eua (1 member)
  Honourable Lasike       7
  Honourable Fohe            3
  Baron Vaea of Houma     1

 Ha'apai (2 members)
  Honourable Tu'iha'ateiho    3
  Honourable Tu'ipelehake    3
  Honourable Fakafanua           2
  Honourable Malupo                2
  Honourable Niukapu              2
  Honourable Tu'iha'angana       2

 Niuas (1 member)
  Honourable Tangipa    2
  Honourable Fotofili        1

 Tongatapu (3 members)
  Honourable Fielakepa    10
  Honourable Ma'afu        10
  Honourable Fohe           6
  Honourable Vaha'i             4
  Baron Vaea of Houma       3

 Vava'u (2 members)
  Honourable Luani           3
  Honourable Tu'ilakepa    3
  Honourable Fakatulolo        2
  Honourable Fulivai             2
  Honourable Tuita              2
  Honourable Tu'i'afitu         2
  Prince 'Ulukalala               1


And thus completes the chart of the candidates showing also if they won a seat in the Legislative Assembly or not. In news related to the election, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, the Honourable Tu'iha'angana, lost his seat along with the Honourable Vaha'i. They were replaced by the Honourable Fielakepa and the Honourable Ma'afu. The Human Rights and Democracy Movement won 4 seats in the Legislative Assembly while Clive Edwards became the first MP for the new People's Democratic Party. Four independents were also elected to the Legislative Assembly. Viliami Uasike Latu has requested a recount of the votes in Vava'u, as he came only 51 votes short of gaining the second seat from the island....er....grouping. The recount is expected to be held early next week. Congratulations to Tonga for having held successful elections. This is indeed a great year for all Tongans and they can look forward to the coronation of His Majesty King Siaosi Tupou V of Tonga in the summer in about July or August.

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Mayoral Elections in the United Kingdom.

Are the Conservatives really conservative?  If so, looks as if we have cause to be hopeful...


http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Results_of_British_local_elections_announced

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I don't have much hope for the Tories in general, but I'm glad that Boris Johnson won the London mayoral election, not only because "Red Ken" Livingstone is awful with a republican background, but also because the exuberantly non-PC "Boris" (who is apparently widely known by his first name only) is such a colourful character and refreshing contrast to most politicians that I can't help liking him. 


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I don't have much hope for the Tories in general, but I'm glad that Boris Johnson won the London mayoral election, not only because "Red Ken" Livingstone is awful with a republican background, but also because the exuberantly non-PC "Boris" (who is apparently widely known by his first name only) is such a colourful character and refreshing contrast to most politicians that I can't help liking him. 
 
I agree on your analysis of the Tories and I am overjoyed at Red Ken's defeat!


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No, the Conservatives aren't really conservative, Baron. They're not Red Ken either. You can't possibly be happier than one who has lived in a city "led" by this person for eight years, Jovan. If I were to even start saying what I think of him I would undoubtedly be in trouble, so let it suffice that although it had been plain for hours that Boris would win I stayed up late to make absolutely sure and savour the moment. Boris might or might not make a good mayor, I think he has a reasonable shot at it, but I would have picked any invertebrate life form selected at random over four more years of Ken, a far lower form of life than any louse, bedbug or flea.

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Perhaps in a PM you could share you real feelings about the out-going mayor...

(I do hate it when people feel they must 'beat-around-the-bush'...)


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Funnily enough, I have just been reading various bits of the Sunday Telegraph on-line. In a reader comments section of a leader on the London and national local elections and their impact on Labour, someone called Brown vermin. Someone else objected on the grounds that vermin are honest. Wasn't about Livingstone, but a similar thought.

I was similarly looking through The Times on-line yesterday, and particularly liked one headline about the elections: "Small earthquake, not many Reds." It's all looking a bit hopeful. While I would never make the mistake of confusing David Cameron with a Conservative, he's not Labour either. The unelected Brown doesn't have to face an election until 2010, and won't, because he'd lose. If Cameron and his Conservative-by-name team can keep the momentum going, and particularly if Boris is a success for London, he'll lose then too, which cannot but be to the country's benefit.
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The Burmese referendum was postponed in cyclone affected areas. In the areas that it went ahead it passed 92% to 6%. Too sad.

In Serbia For a European Serbia of President Tadic won 102/250 seats. The alliance was led by the Democratic Party (S.I. member ) and included the monarchist Serbian Renewal Movement  (led by an "ex-communist" ). I'm not a fan of the E.U. but it makes sense for a poor country like Serbia.

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Here's my summary of the results of the Serbian parliamentary elections that were held on May 11th. Let me just say first off that I am very pleased with the showing of Tadic's coalition For a European Serbia, and hope that they will join the European Union as soon as possible. True, they would have a minority government, but Kostunica has been leading a minority government since 2004, so it's definitely possible. The likely coalition would be composed of Tadic's For a European Serbia coalition in concert with the Liberal Democratic Party's coalition led by Cedomir Jovanovic and the Hungarian Coalition led by Istvan Pazstor, the Bosniak List for a European Sandzak, and the Albanian Coalition from Presevo Valley. That coalition would have about 122 seats. 1 would go to the Albanians, another 2 seats to the Bosniak List, 4 seats to the Hungarian Coalition, and Jovanovic's LDP would pick up 13 seats. The For a European Serbia coalition would get about 102 seats. Of those, 66 would go to the Democratic Party(Serbia), led by Tadic himself. The League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina would get three seats. The Sanjak Democratic Party is guaranteed 4 seats and a ministry in the future government. The Serbian Renewal Movement led by Vuk Draskovic (Pragmatic's "ex-communist") would get 4 seats and a ministry as well. G17+ is itself a coalition within the pro-European coalition. The G17+ party proper is to get between 21 and 23 seats out of their allotted 25. The faction of the breakaway monarchist Serbian Democratic Renewal Movement led by Veroljub Stevanovic is to get between 1 and 3 seats. The Serbian List for Kosovo and Metohija will also get between 1 and 3 seats. I believe this would be the best option for to see an eventual restoration of the monarchy, as monarchists would be guaranteed at minimum five, that's right, count 'em, 1-2-3-4-5, seats in the governing coalition, with the SPO getting a ministerial, likely Cabinet, position in the government of Serbia! WOphhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooo!
The sErbian Radical Partywon 78 seats in the Parlaiment, and with likely form a coalition with the DSS-NS coalition, which themselves won 30 articles, for a total of 108 seats for the Lovely Bitches Coalition. Yes, that would be its official name. Pretty weird huh?
Also, the coalition of the Socialist Party of Serbia, the United Pensioners of Serbia, and United Serbia also won 20 seats, and would like to join the LBC.

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In Kuwait, on 17 May, The Sunni Islamic Bloc picked up 4 more seats and now has a pluralty of 21/50 seats. The Islamic Bloc includes members of Hadas, which is in turn associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

In Georgia, on 21 May, President Mikheil Saakashvili' United National Movement lost 15 seats, but still has a sizable majority in parliament. The monarchist Traditionalists won no seats. I don't think the short-term prospects for a Kingdom of Georgia are good.

For Jolly ol' June:

1-Republic of Macedonia-Good luck to the Radical Party of Serbs in Macedonia, which supports Serbian annexation.
 
12- Ireland- This is perhaps the only way the Treaty of Lisbon can be stopped. I hope the Irish vote No in the referendum.

27- Zimbabwe- Though Tsvangirai is not loyal to the Queen, you can't help but root against Mugabe, who has led the country to ruin. And if I read correctly he is harboring that bad guy from Ethiopia.

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Elections for the National Assembly of Kuwait were held on May 17th, 2008. The Islamic Bloc, which is composed of Sunni Muslims and includes the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Hadas movement picked up four more seats this election, and currently hold 21 seats in the National Assembly. I'm not sure what to make of this, but I'm worried that these people are fundmentally the same as the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, and have the same goal. To establish a Sunni version of Iran. Now that would not be good for Kuwait's monarchy. In other election results, the Shi'a Muslim-Popular Action Bloc grouping won no new seats, and so retain only their 9 seats from the previous [2006] parliamentary election. The liberals in the Emirate of Kuwait, along with their allies, lost 1 seat in the elections, and are left with 7 seats as of right now. The Kuwaiti independents, who are composed of pro-government and tribal members of parliament, lost a whopping 3 seats, but still hold 13 seats in the Parliament, and currently form the second largest parliamentary grouping.


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