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Why people are special

This is not an original post but rather an an article I pasted straight from Reuters which I have left as is. The headline peeked out at me from Google Ad-sense this morning and it was one of those ridiculously arcane jobbies that I had no choice but to click it to read more.

I hope it gives you a jolly good laugh as it did me.

Village re-elects dead mayor

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – The residents of a Romanian village knowingly voted in a dead man as their mayor in Sunday’s municipal election, preferring him to his living opponent.

Neculai Ivascu, 57, who ran the village for almost two decades, died from liver disease just after voting began — but still won the election by a margin of 23 votes.

A local official said the authorities decided to keep the poll open in case Ivascu’s opponent, Gheorghe Dobrescu, won, avoiding the need for a re-run.

“I know he died, but I don’t want change,” a pro-Ivascu villager told Romanian television.

In the end, election authorities gave the post to the runner-up, but some villagers and Ivascu’s party, the powerful opposition Social Democrat Party (PSD), have called for a new vote.

(Reporting by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)


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