November 29, 1989 |
A senior Czechoslovak Communist Party official today promised that free elections could be held in the country within a year. Politburo member Vasil Mohorita told a news conference "Free and democratic elections . . . will be held on a date which will be declared by the Federal Assembly. " Asked whether the Communists would allow another party to govern if it won the election, Mohorita replied: "It will not be up to our party to allow it. " Despite repeated questions, Mohorita did not say specifically that the Communists would relinquish power if they lost in free elections.
February 11, 1986 |
The head of the interim government pledged yesterday to share wealth fairly in Haiti, where people were ground into poverty in the three decades that made the Duvaliers and their friends fabulously rich. Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy, president of the six-man interim government council, said at swearing-in ceremonies for the new cabinet that there will be free elections and a new, "liberal" constitution to create a "real and working democracy. " He did not set a date for the elections or elaborate on the new constitution.
May 20, 2002 |
President Bush will retain the bans on trade and most travel to Cuba but he will hold out the promise of private humanitarian assistance to the island in a policy speech planned for today. He also intends to challenge Cuban leader Fidel Castro to hold free elections next year, which few observers believe will happen. Bush's hard-line stance is likely to please Florida's 830,000 Cuban American voters, a powerful voting bloc in a state that is expected to be nearly as important in the next presidential election as it was in the last one. One sign that the speech has as much to do with domestic politics as it does with foreign policy is this: Bush will deliver his pointed criticism of Castro at the White House before traveling to Miami for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Cuba's independence from Spain.
June 19, 1991
FREE PRESS OR FREE ELECTIONS? It is more important for democratizing societies to have a free press than free elections. Today in most Islamic countries, free elections would produce fundamentalist victories and validate the imposition of theocracy. Today in most Soviet republics, free elections would result in nationalist control and may legitimize secular tyranny. That is why the mullahs and many Soviet republic nationalists want elections, and why they equate elections and democracy.
December 17, 1986
Amid all the flood of verbiage which is being cranked out by all the media about the Nicaraguan situation, the most important points in the welter of irrelevancies and contradictions are being overlooked. The present Nicaraguan government came to power under false pretenses. After the overthrow of Anastasio Somoza (with U.S. help) the Sandinistas promised to set up a real democratic government with all its privileges and rights like freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free elections, etc. What Daniel Ortega and his associates did however (and here they followed the examples of Lenin and Castro)
January 11, 2005
TO EVERY God-fearing Bush-lover out there: Stop telling me to leave my country because I don't agree with the government. I'm allowed to stick around as much as you are. The fact that I don't support this "war" doesn't mean I have to leave, or want to leave. Democracy allows for differing opinions, out of which come free elections. As soon as you tell me to get out for disagreeing, you cross the line into another form of government - facism - the kind that Hitler employed.
June 19, 1987 |
President Reagan, responding to South Korea's escalating turmoil, has sent a message to President Chun Doo Hwan urging him to move swiftly to adopt democratic reforms and to release a leading opponent from house arrest, according to U.S. and Korean officials. In the letter, officials said, Reagan asked Chun to resume talks with his political opponents regarding constitutional revisions and to permit free and fair presidential elections. Reagan also urged Chun to "do all in your power" to avoid bloodshed in the violent street demonstrations that have pitted police against students and other protesters, said one high-ranking U.S. official.
June 15, 2010 |
Anglo-American polemicist, literary critic, and political wag Christopher Hitchens has been called, usually to his great dismay, America's last public intellectual, a contrarian who philosophizes with a hammer, and a political gadfly. Hitchens, whose books include Thomas Jefferson: Author of America and God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything , will discuss his new tome, Hitch-22: A Memoir , Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library, 1901 Vine St. On Monday, while waiting for a flight to Miami at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., Hitchens, 61, talked by cell phone about his life, his politics, and his distaste for religion.
November 21, 1989 |
A top West German official met with East German leaders yesterday and said the East German Communist Party might lose its constitutionally guaranteed monopoly on power as early as next year. Rudolf Seiters, Chancellor Helmut Kohl's chief of staff, also said he expected a law on free elections to be approved in 1990. East Germany's Communist Party chief, Egon Krenz, stood beside Seiters, looking impassive as the West German official predicted abolition of the communists' guaranteed "leading role" in government and politics.
October 16, 1989 |
East Germany's mushrooming opposition group, New Forum, held a major meeting in East Berlin yesterday even though it has not been recognized by the communist regime. Baerbel Bohley, a New Forum founder whose apartment in East Berlin serves as a kind of headquarters, said that members from 14 different East German areas met in the capital to talk about a firmer direction for the movement. The gathering came amid growing speculation that a meeting of the ruling Politburo later this week could determine the political future of hard-line communist leader Erich Honecker.