** Chinese State Media: Democracy No 'Panacea' for Burma**
Chinese state media are warning against "excessive and hasty" democratic change in Burma, saying democracy alone cannot solve all of the Southeast Asian country's problems.
A commentary in the Communist Party-run Global Times acknowledged that the recent reforms by Burma's new quasi-civilian government are bringing "unprecedented hope for the nation's prospects."But it also warned Burma of the dangers of what it called "Western-style democracy," saying too hasty of reform could "provide chances for all kinds of extremists."
In particular, it mentioned the recent conflict between Buddhists and Muslims in western Burma that has left dozens dead and tens of thousands displaced.
The article said such conflicts "may get worse and run out of control" if Burma is too heavily influenced by the West or excessively relies on Western models of government.
** Egypt Presidential Election Results Delayed**
Egypt's Election Commission says it has delayed Thursday's planned announcement of the results of a runoff presidential vote while it continues to review appeals from the two candidates, hiking tension as allegations of fraud mounted.
The commission said Wednesday that judges are still looking into some 400 complaints of alleged campaign violations and disputed vote counting submitted by Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, and his rival, former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.
No new date to announce a winner was given.
On top of the potentially explosive election dispute looms renewed uncertainty over the latest health scare of 84-year-old former President Hosni Mubarak.
The state news agency reported that Mubarak was near death and put on a respirator after suffering a stroke. He was transferred to a military hospital from the Cairo prison hospital.
Security officials said Wednesday the ousted leader was in a coma and off life support and that his heart and other vital organs were functioning. A later report in The New York Times quoted a lawyer for the ex-leader as saying Mubarak had only fallen down in the prison bathroom.shuangyu