I am reading a number of commentaries in the press and the blogosphere which claim that the likes of Voronin and Ahmedinejad are legitimate leaders of their countries because they enjoy the support of a majority of their people.
Consider this however:
1. Any popular support the two leaders have is drawn from a powerbase of conservative rural voters who have, through manipulation of the media, been kept deliberately in the dark about events in their country and in the wider world.
2. Even a popular president is illegitimate if they violate the constitution of their country and abuse the human rights of their citizens. This has happened frequently and severely in both countries.
Notwithstanding the size of their electorate, it is time for both Voronin and Ahmedinejad to go.