The Myanmar generals seem pleased with the results of the recent referendum to approve a new constitution which bans Aung San Suu Kyi from standing for elections and reserves one-quarter of the parliamentary seats for the military. This of course means the Constitution will effectively never be amended, since two-thirds majority is needed to change it.
According to ‘official’ results, 92.48 per cent of voters had endorsed the charter, and voter turnout was 98.12 per cent.
98.12 per cent turnout! Wow, General Than Shwe. Your people must really love you. Despite two of your districts being virtually wiped out by Cyclone Nargis, the people there still managed to make it to the polls to vote for you.
Still they lost out to their rival dictator, the late Saddam Hussein. Back in October 2002, just months before the invasion of Iraq, officials there proclaimed that Saddam won 100 per cent backing in a referendum on whether he should rule for another seven years.