Friday, June 12, 2009

Iranian Elections

It may be several days (or even weeks) before we know the actual results of the elections in Iran, but both Mir-Hossein Mousavi and current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are claiming victory.

There is a higher than expected turnout for the elections. Analysts are suggesting that most likely this is an indication of a desire for a regime change in Iran. Apparently the people of Iran are unhappy with the current administration's isolationist language and actions. Iran is also suffering from a poor economy.

Mousavi has been critical of Ahmadinejihad (my pet name for the idiot) for making military threats toward Israel, the United States and neighboring nations. 

What's interesting about this election is that no sitting president has ever been removed by a popular vote anywhere in the Middle East (not just Iran). The defeat of Ahmadinejihad would be a political earthquake in the region. 


Red June 12, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

Wonder if Mousavi is any better?

Chuck June 12, 2009 at 4:57 PM  

I think it's possible we will never know the real results. One of my first thoughts was that the increased voting is not a good sign for Ahmadinejad.

Red does have a good question though.

Finally, if Ahmadinejad does lose (or win fairly) my hat off to Iran for actually holding an election. Your right, this would be unprecedented in the Middle East.

Miss T.C. Shore June 12, 2009 at 11:09 PM  

Actually, Iran holds elections every four years. Their constitution requires it. (I wonder where that idea came from.)

I was impressed when I found that they not only had elections every four years, but also that they had a constitution.

The difficulty for Iran is that many election years, opposition to the ruling party is intimidated into not running for office. As media becomes more ubiquitous, especially alternative media (internet), it becomes more and more difficult for even these backwater nations to hold "sham" elections rather than "real" elections and not have the world notice.

Anonymous,  June 13, 2009 at 6:41 AM  

okay,to use the word elections with regards to iran is a contridiction in terms.

These are not elections, but a show for the world to watch and the media to report on as such.

Nothing is going to change in iran,they are just looking to put a smile on it now.

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