A popular people’s group that was instrumental in ousting the corrupt government in 2006, the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), started leading protests against the current government in June 2008 in response to their plans to amend the constitution to assist the ousted former Prime Minister’s legal case, among other issues.
The PAD has been demanding that the current Prime Minister resign from office and dissolve parliament which would lead to fresh elections. During the month of August protestors grew tired of the government’s lack of response to their protests and encouraged union strikes and large protests. A stale-mate has ensued since with both sides now holding talks and plans are in the works for a national referendum to hopefully decide the composition of the government.
The worst thing that happened last week was that 100 protesters got Athlete’s foot by standing in the rain too long.
Then on September 9 the prime minister was found guilty of working for another company while being prime minister, something that is not allowed. He has long been the host of a weekly TV cooking show and received money for doing so. This is a very black and white issue and he should have known better. Many see his being found guilty and being stripped of his post as a way for him to step-down without losing face (eg – stepping down on his own).
Only time will now tell as politicians from all sides wrangle for power.