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User Info: Kashkabald_VIII

Kashkabald_VIII
9 years ago#1
For those not in the know, a quick summary of the events that led here:

José Eduardo Bettencourt (JEB for short) resigned as president of Sporting Lisbon a few months ago, amidst heavy criticism of his management of the club (to sum it up, he wasted money on bad players and bad managers, had a director of sports that had a punch out with Liédson, and the next director of sports openly criticized the club on television and didn't have the best of relationships with the players, among other things). Sporting, left without a president, were forced to schedule elections.

In all the polls leading to this election, out of the 5 candidates, Bruno de Carvalho (a candidate that has promoted himself as the bringer of a new direction for the club, without having anyone that has served at the club's director's board) was seen as the victor, with Godinho Lopes (the more "conservative" candidate, popularly seen as the face of the traditional rulers of the club, the upper-middle class and the rich) as second, with a large distance between them.

So today was the election day: in crap weather it brought an unprecedented number of voters to the ballots. Record (a sports newspaper, popularly held as having a bias for Sporting) said that according to their polls, Bruno de Carvalho was the winner. This at exactly 8PM. Since these were unofficial, there were no celebrations just yet, but the margin seemed out of reach for Godinho Lopes, the 2nd place candidate.

Before the results were officially announced, at 2AM, supporter's groups clashed with the police, for reasons not exactly known (I'd wager they felt they were taking too long for the vote count). The mood started to calm down a bit after that, and after 3AM the rumor starts spreading that Bruno de Carvalho has won, and that Godinho Lopes has demanded a recount. The candidates were summoned to inform them that the voting count will take a bit longer (since the voters weren't just voting for the president but for the assembly and other things). But the consensus is that Bruno de Carvalho has won. He then gets ready to make his winning speech, and his supporters are shouting "The tacho is over!" ("tacho" literally translates to English as "pan", as in "frying pan", and is a Portuguese expression meaning the tendency of some ruling elites to set up jobs for other ruling elites, somewhat like covert nepotism). He's about to make the speech, and...

...after the recount, Godinho Lopes has won with a difference of only 300 votes, and according to some sources he has gained about 700 votes since the recount. Cue chaos. Fighting breaks out between the supporters of each list, Bruno de Carvalho's supporters are angrily calling the election a farce, Bruno de Carvalho has demanded a new recount, and the police are called in again. Godinho Lopes can't make his winning speech amidst all the chaos, while Bruno de Carvalho pleas for composure. Godinho Lopes flees to the underground parking lot, the Carvalho supporters are calling for his resignation.

Godinho Lopes finally makes his winning speech at 6AM, but this is probably not over yet. This is getting more and more ridiculous by the hour...
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User Info: JosefSaramago

JosefSaramago
9 years ago#2
Poor Z'bording fans
"What went through your mind, when you heard you were receiving the Medal of Honor?"
"****, you." - Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta

User Info: sierra 1

sierra 1
9 years ago#3
Christ, I knew they were in a mess but that's absurd.
All the Best
I rang the church bell 'til my ears bled red blood cells

User Info: Kashkabald_VIII

Kashkabald_VIII
9 years ago#4
Carvalho will now officially contest the elections.
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User Info: SIFAV7

SIFAV7
9 years ago#5
wait shouldn't these people be worried about the actual government?
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