Sunday, June 26, 2005

Canny Bulgarians Hedge Bets, Elect Mutant Government

The Socialists have won a plurality in the Bulgarian elections. This is not, however, as exciting as it sounds, since they didn't win enough votes to form a government and will have to create a coalition cabinet with two other parties, including that of the 2nd-place candidate, whose last name is (get ready for this) Saxe-Coburg Gotha, and whose first name is, well, King.

Yes, the Bulgarians are going to have a government composed of Socialists and a hereditary monarch. Which is not going to lead to any friction at all.

Evidence suggests the Bulgarians may not actually be terribly bothered, as no less an enticement than a voter lottery promising prizes like 'a car, TVs, DVD players and mobile phones' failed to draw out even 50% of them to the polls.

See where voter apathy gets you? Vive la République Socialiste de Saxe-Coburg Gotha!

Note: Yeah, I know King Simeon was already Prime Minister. It was just more fun if I didn't mention it. But now certain people are implying certain things, so I'm just gonna put it out there. I already knew that. So there.

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