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  •  What do you do if the election was rigged? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Does anybody (0+ / 0-)

      have proof that this one was? That did not seem to be an issue at the time that it occurred.

      •  15% turnout? Most of the candidates tossed? (1+ / 0-)
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        But put that aside for a minute.  What would be the plan assuming it's an illegitimate election?  Wait it out and hope you don't end up with a dictator?

        •  Improper/illegitimate elections (0+ / 0-)

          present a challenge for any electoral system. The US presidential election of 2000 demonstrated that the constitutional machinery doesn't work well for such a close outcome. We already knew that from the Hays-Tilden election of 1876. I think the difference between Bush v Gore and the situation in Egypt is about cultural expectations.

          In the US election of 1860 the system didn't work and a bloody civil war ensued. I don't think that there is any such thing as a fool proof constitutional system. Sometimes problems can be resolved in a fairly orderly manner and others they can't.

           

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