Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Mandate From Hell
The Islamofascist Government of Algiers
Reelected With 97% of the Vote

From the Financial Times of London:

Amid serious doubts over official turnout figures, the Algerian government yesterday claimed an overwhelming 97 per cent approval in Thursday's referendum on "peace and reconciliation" aimed at consolidating the country's return to stability.

No independent monitoring of the vote count was allowed. However, human rights groups and some local journalists said the official turnout figure of nearly 80 per cent bore little resemblance to reality. They warned that alleged electoral fraud would antagonise those who suffered most during the civil war in the 1990s, and expressed fears that Algeria was marching back towards autocracy.

Yes, it looks that way, doesn't it? I only wonder whether it's backwards movement, or simply the wolf taking off his sheep's clothing. What do you think?

Meanwhile, apparently, the government of Algiers is claiming their "victory" constitutes a mandate for the release of Islamic Jihadis from prisons:

Algeria's government yesterday said it had won overwhelming support for a broad amnesty for Islamic guerrillas and would soon draft laws allowing fighters to be released.

The interior minister, Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni, said there had been a 97% yes vote in Thursday's referendum, which is intended to bring an end to more than a decade of guerrilla war. He also said the turnout had been unusually high at around 80%, despite the fact that polling stations in and around Algiers appeared largely empty for most of the day.

Maybe there were a lot of absentee ballots cast.

But, the good news is the Jihadis are, apparently, rejecting the amnesty which is being offered to them:

ALGIERS, Oct. 1 (Reuters) - An Internet statement attributed to Algeria's largest outlawed Islamic militant group, aligned with Al Qaeda, says that it opposes amnesty in exchange for laying down its arms and that it will continue its jihad, or holy war.

In a Sept. 29 referendum, Algerians approved a government offer of partial amnesty for combatants in a civil war that lasted more than a decade and claimed more than 100,000 lives, mostly those of civilians.

"This vote is a waste of time," said the statement on an Islamist Web site, dated Sept. 27 and attributed to Abdelmalek Droukdal, also known as Abu Mossab Abdelwadoud, the leader of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat. "Algeria is not in need of a charter for peace and national reconciliation, but in need of a charter for Islam."

Got that? They said it, not me. Islam, not peace.