Argentina: Elections 1995 vs. Elections 2007

Eduardo Beta compares the Argentine elections of 1995 and 2007 in his latest post in Grito Argentino [ES].

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  • DFE

    Section 508 is real popular. Mauritania avoided this by having bad elections certified by the US. Now, Section 508 and all other US sanctions, whether it’s human rights or democratic rule issues can be avoided by asking for Peace Corps into the country. They get waivers for all sanctions. They get waivers on proposed and future legislaltion. Of course, they will never leave the country and will use the waivers to get the US foreign military financing and aid put into their account transferred by the common State department account. The money that was going to the country now goes to the PC.

    The result of the U.S. interagency process was a compromise. The notorious section 508 of the Foreign Assistance Act was not implemented. This legislation requires the suspension of all U.S. foreign aid in a country that has had a military coup against a democratic government. The State Department legal advisor was able to rule that section 508 did not apply in the case of the Mauritanian coup because the ousted president had been elected in 2003 in an election that American democracy organizations declared was not free and fair. This ruling permitted the continuation of U.S.-Mauritanian military cooperation.

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