If 7 Was 8

by Nathan Hamm on 3/14/2005 · 2 comments

Kazakhstan’s president has a creative interpretation of how long seven years is.

Presidential elections in Kazakhstan are to be held in December 2006, categorically stated Chair of the Central Election Commission Zagipa Baliyeva. At the March 10 meeting with the political parties, she said that as soon as the presidential term expires in 2006, the elections should be held in 2006. Thus, the rule of Nazarbayev is prolonged for nearly a year. The current 7-year term had started on Jan 20, 1999 and it actually elapses in Jan 2006.

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Gary and the Samoyeds March 14, 2005 at 4:10 pm

Well, arguably, you can say that 8 years – 1 day = 7 years. After all, you are not legally 18 until 18 full years have passed, not 17 years and 364 days.


Of course, the term is 7 years, not “less than 8 years,” nor “7 years and 11 months.”

Jeff March 25, 2005 at 10:17 am

I reckon the Nazarbaevs might well be reconsidering their creative approach to Maths, now that the brother-in-law Akaev is unexpectedly living with them. He is/was a scientist, after all!

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