Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

I think we can wait

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The prime minister of Hungary sparked riots when a secret recording of a speech he made to the Socialist Party admitting they were lying about the economy became public.

Hungarian protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany clashed with police and forced state television off the air after he admitted in a leaked tape that the government lied about the economy.

A crowd estimated at 10,000 hurled stones and bottles at a police cordon last night, set fire to cars and beat back an attempt to clear the area, injuring about 200. Part of the TV building caught fire. Gyurcsany refused to quit as more than 100 protesters remained outside parliament today demanding his ouster.

The protest started on Sept. 17 after a recording of a closed Socialist Party meeting in May was leaked. Gyurcsany said in the tape the government lied about the need for austerity measures before April elections and failed to curb the budget deficit.

Meanwhile in Thailand, the military seized power in a bloodless coup de tat.

Officials at the royal palace said top military commanders including the head of the army, General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, had met with the nation’s influential King Bhumibol Adulyadej after announcing the coup.

The uprising capped months of uncertainty and unhappiness about Thaksin, who was accused of corruption after his family sold nearly two billion dollars of shares in his company earlier this year without paying any tax.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, we’re still just going to have an election for governor.

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