Looks like the Dimitris Christofias of AKEL,the Cypriot Communist Party (not official name), won the second round Cypriot presidential elections and thereby becomes the new President of Cyprus. From what I've read, he and AKEL strive for the reunification of Cyprus and I believe they are (were?) supporters of the Annan plan to reunification. I do not know much else about him however.
I don't know about a case like this except for Moldova, where the communist party won the elections and has maintained power ever since. If he sticks democracy and everything that goes with it, maybe he can help to clean the horrible reputation that communism has today. Personally I see it as a good thing that he won, as he supports reunification.
well I guess thats good, though I don't know this whole situation
Where the hell is Cyprus?
Off the Coast of Turkey, it's half Greek, half Turkish and has a border right across it's equator (I couldn't think of a better word for horizontal middle)
I don't see communism having a "horrible" reputation; at least not everywhere. Communist parties in Europe are basically a less mainstream, more purist version of the ubiquitous Social Democrats or Socialist parties, and not really radical or anything.
Karst;4235724I don't see communism having a "horrible" reputation; at least not everywhere. Communist parties in Europe are basically a less mainstream, more purist version of the ubiquitous Social Democrats or Socialist parties, and not really radical or anything.
Might be, although those parties I know who label themselves communist (Sveriges Kommunistparti, Vänsterpartiet (their leader's a Communist) and Magyar Szocialista Munkáspárt) usually still use the same, or at least a very similiar kind of rhetoric like that used by Cold War communist parties in Eastern Europe. Besides, every time I say the word "communism" to somebody, at least where I live, the first person to usually pop into someones head is Stalin. If not him then it's usually either Che Guevara or Mao. As far as I know, communism still has the reputation of a totalitarian ideology.
Was this person voted in? I thought in communist countries they didn't vote and stuff. If this person was voted in...then that is what the country wants....a communist leader.
Jill;4236111I thought in communist countries they didn't vote and stuff.
I'm not a communist, but I'd claim that authoritarian or totalitarian governments can not be genuinely communist. Communism proposes among other things a classless society and common ownership of the means of production, both of which is not the case in the government types named previously. But I guess that's discussion material for another thread. =p
I think communism has the potential to be a better system than capitolism