Well that should simplify the recounts. Three days before Iraqis go to the polls, gunmen and simplifying the slate of candidates in next week's runoff by gunning down three of them - for starters. You can be pretty sure there'll be more, especially in the cauldron of the Kurdish-Arab region.
And, in that other showcase of Western democracy, Afghanistan, the electoral commission says, constitution or no, they're putting the general election back to next August. Karzai's term of office expires in May and there's nothing in the constitution that allows him to govern after that.
The Afghan opposition legislators say, kind of understandably, that they won't recognize anything Karzai tries to do after the mandated end of his term.