Saturday, April 16, 2005

Let's play Guess Which Country! 

Here's the story. It's real. Can you fill in the blanks?

President __________[1] declared a state of emergency in the capital city of __________ [2] and dissolved the Supreme Court, saying the unpopular judges were the cause of __________ [3] in _________ [4]. __________ [1] said he was using the powers granted him by the constitution to dismiss the justices. In explaining their dismissal, he said opposition to their appointments was causing the protests.

A state of emergency placed the military in charge of public order and suspended individual rights, including the right to free expression and public assembly.

The court crisis was set in motion ... when the former justices sided with opposition politicians in a failed effort to impeach __________ [1] on corruption charges. __________ [1] then assembled a bloc of 52 lawmakers in the 100-seat congress, which voted in December to remove the judges. Legal experts said the vote ran contrary to __________ [5] constitution.
(via AP)

OK, I'll wait ....

Time's up! The country is Ecuador! (Answers below) What country did you think it was?

[1] Lucio Gutierrez (No, not Bush. For heaven's sake.)
[2] this Andean nation
[3] three days of pot-banging street protests
[4] Quito
[5] Ecuador's

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