According to Reuters in Bucharest 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.
Heaven forfend that anyone would keep on asking for a vote to be re run until the correct result was achieved.
In the meantime with additional British troops being sent to Afghanistan and the hardening of the stance being taken on Iran I would suggest that the name of Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston be added to the list of candidates for the forthcoming by election in Haltemprice and Howden.
If we're going to pursue an interventionist strategy we may as well get someone decent to plan it. I think his Lordship may, even now, be able to do a better job than several current administrations that I can think of.(Oh and I can't get the rather attractive picture of Mr. Ivascu I found to upload. Will try again as an update later....)