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REPORT: Coalition Of The Defeated

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"REPORT: Coalition Of The Defeated"

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Last weekend, Australian Labor leader Kevin Rudd defeated staunch Bush ally Prime Minister John Howard, handing the conservative party its “worst election defeat in its 63-year history” and ending 12 years of conservative rule. Howard “suffered the additional ignominy of losing his own constituency seat,” the first time since 1929 that an Australian prime minister has been voted out of parliament.

Howard’s fate is similar to the story of many other Bush-friendly world leaders. After joining Bush’s Coalition of the Willing in 2003, several countries’ leaders have been ousted from office. In fact, of the original 49 countries who joined the Coalition, the AP reports that roughly 20 remain, with several in the process of withdrawing troops.

ThinkProgress has compiled a new report, highlighting the fate of world leaders from “coalition of the willing” countries who sent troops to support the invasion. Of 14 major partners in the Coalition, eight leaders were defeated in elections, two stepped down, two were term limited, and two remained in office. Click here to view the full report.

COUNTRY LEADER ELECTORAL STATUS
Albania PM Fatos Nano Defeated, July 2005
Australia Pres. John Howard Defeated, Nov. 2007
Britain PM Tony Blair Stepped down, June 2007
Denmark PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen In office (pledged withdrawal in Feb. 2007)
Dominican Republic Pres. Hipolito Mejia Defeated, May 2004
El Salvador Pres. Francisco Flores Perez Term Limited, March 2004
Hungary PM Peter Medgyessy Defeated, Aug. 2004
Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi Defeated, April 2006
Japan PM Junichiro Koizumi Stepped down, Sept. 2006
Norway PM Kjell Magne Bondevik Defeated, Sept. 2005
Poland Pres. Aleksander Kwaśniewski Term Limited, Dec. 2005
Romania PM Adrian Năstase Defeated, Nov. 2004
South Korea Pres. Roh Moo-hyun In office
Spain PM Jose Maria Aznar Defeated, March 2004
 

Australia, Britain, Italy, and Spain contributed tens of thousands of combat troops to the war. But as the war unfolded, each leader lost popularity at home and was eventually voted out of office. Their successors either have withdrawn — or are in the process of withdrawing — their nations’ troops from Iraq.

These leaders’ fates should also carry a clear message here at home — support Bush’s war and be voted out of office. View the compilation HERE.

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