The Kensington Review

23 April 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 49
French Poll Results in Classic Left-Right Run-Off -- France’s voters went to the polls yesterday and selected two candidates for the second round, one of whom will be the next French president. In the right hand corner and leading the initial round was moderate right candidate Nicolas Sarkozy with 36% of the votes cast. On the left was Socialist Segolene Royal, who would be the first female French president were she to win on May 6, who garnered close to 26% of the votes. It is often said that in the first round, the French vote with their hearts, and in the second, with their wallets. If so, one must like Mr. Sarkozy’s chances, but one cannot rule out Ms. Royal’s New Labour style of socialism carrying the day.

Observers Say Nigerian Presidential Poll “Not Credible” -- Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, held a presidential election yesterday. At least 200 people died in the week before the polling, all in election-related violence. “These elections have not lived up to the hopes and expectations of the Nigerian people and the process cannot be considered to have been credible,” said Max van den Berg, chief EU observer, in a statement. The ruling party looks to have won (is anyone surprised?) while the two largest opposition parties want a re-run. Can more violence and instability be far behind this?

North Dakota Challenges Delaware for Business Incorporations -- The American State of Delaware is famous for two things. It was the first state to ratify the Constitution, and it is the home of around half of the corporations operating in the US. The real business of America is in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Chicago and a million small towns, but Dover and Wilmington, Delaware are the homes of convenience for tax and governance reasons. North Dakota has decided it wants to take on Delaware, and this can only be good for shareholders.

Boris Nikolaevich Yeltsin Dies at 76 -- He rose through the ranks of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He stood on top of a tank in August 1991 to ensure that the Communist Party and the Soviet Union collapsed. He was the first Russian president who was freely elected. He oversaw the almost complete destruction of the Russian economy. Boris Nikolaevich Yeltsin died today at the age of 76, apparently from heart failure, leaving behind a legacy of pure contradiction.

© Copyright 2007 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.


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