By Kristian Lewis
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am well and truly over the US election coverage in spite of it still being about 3 weeks away from actually taking place. Hurry up and finish already so the rest of non-American world can get some attention on there more pressing national elections.
Since October 2011 there has been an ongoing media barrage surrounding everything from the ‘freakshow‘ that was the Republican nominations, to Romney’s gaffs, to Obama’s inability to speak without teleprompters and today’s Biden v Ryan Vice Presidential debate. To top it off Planet America recovers the whole torturous ordeal at the end of every week on ABC TV…why Chaz why?
Although the US is our greatest ally, most powerful nation and shares cultural similarities with us, its odd the Western countries, whose systems of governance are less reliant on any one individual, hog all the press coverage. Especially given that countries like the US, Australia and Britain are often labelled as ‘two party dictatorship‘.
The difference between actual policy of incoming/outgoing leaders in liberal democratic nations is incomparable to other countries due to the existence of influential courts, parliaments, other bureaucratic bodies lobby groups and of course its people.
I would like draw attention to one of the other highly significant presidential races that recently concluded.
Georgia is neither a US state or a girl’s name but is in fact a small country that was once part of former Soviet Union, located in the Caucasus.
Why is the change of leadership in this country significant and newsworthy?
- A successful free election result is an achievement in itself with billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili replacing Mikheil Saakashvili.
- The country was invaded by Russia and a 5 day war ensued in 2007, with Russia recognising South Ossetia and the Abkhazia region as independent to Georgia. How will the new government deal with these autonomous regions?
- How will the president go about strengthening Russian ties, that are vital for their economy, while gaining NATO membership with the West for security purposes? Dropping the ball here could result in more violent conflict with Moscow.
- Will the outgoing President be persecuted by the incoming government?
I could begin ranting about the significance of Hugo Chavez’s recent election victory in Venzuela and few others there but i’ll calm down and let others voice their own views.
What do you make of all this?