Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A calm summer at home

We think the domestic unrest is over, for now:

"The opposition lost its momentum, lost its unity and lost the contest. But the government victory is ultimately a Pyrrhic one."

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Low turnout, low impact for opposition picket

MPs-elect are gathered inside parliament for the first session.

Less than a hundred opposition supporters were standing in front of parliament when the first group of MPs arrived at about 7:30 a.m.

The mostly older crowd spent time debating whether the men in suits who could be seen entering parliament from behind were in fact MPs, and if so, whether they were supposed to stop them.

A pair of campaigners approached the entrance to shout down the arriving MPs. One was taken away in a squad car in the only notable incident of the morning.

By 10 a.m. no more than several hundred had gathered.

Opposition attempting 'blockade' of first parliament session

There are a couple hundred of opposition supporters outside parliament, some dozing on the ground as they await daybreak and the first session of the newly-elected parliament.

The crowd is sparse and low-key. The street is open to passing cars.

One opposition leader said their goal is a "blockade of parliament."