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One surfer sick of the US election farce has put the presidency up for sale on eBay.

Seventeen bids were placed today for item number 497945868, pushing the price offered for the job to $30,100.

"Due to the recent ballot confusion in Florida the Presidential election process has been cancelled for this term. It has now been granted to the common citizen the chance to be President," the description by "seller" mamono@sonic.net on eBay reads.

The highest bidder is promised the chance to be sworn in as the 43rd president on January 20th 2001. They must be at least 35, a US citizen, and have no felony convictions - they will also get to choose their own VP.

Bidders who fancy a shot at the White House have just over nine days to put in a bid. The item can be found here, unless eBay pulls it first.

Back in the real world, it is anyone's guess if the president can be named so quickly. ®

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