The pros and cons of touring a dead president
The idea of touring a dead president around the country to bring in sympathy votes for the present governing party might work in Zambia but US Presidential Candidate McCain might be well advised to keep the person of the still living George Bush at arms length in the lead up to the US presidential elections. Up until the Democratic choice of Obama as its candidate Republican hopes of winning the Presidency seemed dead in the water mainly down to public discomfort with the Bush administration but now McCain is back on level terms and since the announcement of Palin as running mate is currently ahead by a slim margin in some polls. It's thought that although McCain will of course welcome Bush to the Republican Convention and accept the kind words from George and reply in kind that he'll want to bury the memory of some of the present administrations actions and concentrate on his own plans and the profile that the very much alive Palin brings with her.
The body of Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa is touring all provincial centres in a move that critics construe as buying sympathy with the electorate ahead of the elections to be held before December.
But the government insists that the move is meant to enable many citizens to pay their last respects to the president. As the corpse does the rounds, many ordinary citizens have reportedly collapsed upon seeing the casket.
Even before the president, who died on August 19 in Paris, is buried and his mourning period is over, the search for his successor in the governing Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) has started, while the opposition has called off its routine party programmes to concentrate on the presidential by-election.