Monday, September 17, 2007

Let this not happen here


Foundation of Our Nation
Originally uploaded by noonespillow.
I always thought a country's constitution was above laws and policies. Guess not in Pakistan:
The Election Commission announced a rule change Monday that would apparently allow President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to seek a new, five-year term while still serving as army chief.

Opposition parties insist the U.S.-backed Musharraf is ineligible to run, but the commission said it had changed a rule so that a key article of the constitution no longer applied.

"The chief election commissioner of Pakistan has made the requisite amendment, with the approval of the president," the commission said in a statement.
Get that: The commission said it had changed a rule so that a key article of the constitution no longer applied. That would be like some small group of people saying that key elements of the United States Constitution no longer applied; say, like, the Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Oh, wait... er, never mind...

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