Around the world, countries are taking steps toward freedom and democracy for their people, with varying success. It is hard for people in the free world to understand the slow but necessary steps that must be taken to move a country from oppression to a state of freedom. After many years of dictatorships or Communism, it takes time to form a solid, stable government and to put infrastructures in place to sustain it.
In China, President Hu recently made a speech discussing the need to move government in the direction of democratic elections, decision making and management. Even in the villages of China, democratic elections are held every three years, with competitive campaigns and frequently, secret ballots.
Egypt is also moving in a more democratic direction. Following the revolt that removed President Murbarak, newly formed political parties are holding press conferences and campaigning for the free votes of the people. It is slow going, however, as people who spend their life in hiding are reluctant to step into the public eye.
In Guinea, poverty abounds where their natural resources could place them among the wealthiest countries in Africa. Democracy under a power-hungry military leader was almost impossible. Now, under leadership of Prime Minister Jean-Marie Doré, Guinea takes its first tentative steps toward freedom and democracy.
In the Kazakhstan Democracy, President Nazarbayev has taken great steps toward democracy, and has invited the world to watch as free and fair elections take place. Though criticised by many, President Nazarbayev declined an offer to extend his presidency to the year 2020, and retains a 90-percent approval rating among his people.