See, Pinochet was right. Democracy leads to Communism.
The newly elected president of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, is from the Progressive Party of the Working People. I happened to notice at Adam Carr’s report of the results a note to the effect that the winner’s party is “in fact a Communist party.” Click on the party’s website and you will see that it evidently is.
Is there another case of a Communist being elected president of a democratic country? By an absolute majority of the votes cast?2
Meanwhile, the Progressive Party of the Working People has 18 of 56 seats in the country’s legislature, elected in May, 2006. It won that on 31.1% of the vote, or only about two percentage points less than what Christofias won in the first round of this month’s presidential election. In that election, the party of the now-defeated incumbent also won 18 seats (on 30.3% of votes), while the party of the candidate Christofias has just defeated in the runoff had just 11 seats (on 17.9%, which he personally nearly doubled as a presidential candidate in the first round).
This should be entered into the annals as one of the classic cases of a president (as well as his defeated runoff opponent) building a quite different electoral coalition from that of his party.