Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today arrived in Denpasar, capital of Bali, to attend a democracy forum scheduled to start on Thursday. The fifth Bali Democracy Forum brings together a large number of heads of state and government, including Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. Also in attendance will be 1,200 delegates.
The government-run forum has in the past been derided as a talking shop that has never produced anything beyond vague communiqués, that gives unsavory regimes a platform to falsely present themselves as democratic.
Photo credit: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arriving in Denpasar, Bali. Wednesday 8 November. (Bangkok Post)