Monday, December 24, 2007

Bangkok Post: US praises 'free and fair' vote (Note the word 'praise')

The United States congratulated military-run Thailand Sunday on a "crucial step toward a return to elected government" after its "free and fair" parliamentary vote, reports from Washington said.

"The United States welcomes initial reports indicating that Thailand's parliamentary election today was conducted in a free and fair manner and congratulates the people of Thailand on taking this crucial step toward a return to elected government," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, according to the State Department website.

"The Thai people turned out at the polls to show their support for a return to elected government," he said in a statement.

"Domestic and international observers were present around the country. We call on all sides to respect the results, and for a fair and transparent process for the adjudication of any disputes or fraud claims.

"The United States looks forward to engaging seriously across a range of issues with an elected Thai government, in keeping with the proud history of our warm friendship and strong alliance."


I think the State Department is being a little hasty.

I won't even acknowledge the results until they are official.

There probably is still a lot of work to be done before this election can be signed off as "free and fair."

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