Friday, June 12, 2009

Iran votes

Presidential election day in Iran.

The Times of London reports a high turn-out and confidence by the "opposition" supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Demonstrators claim that if the party of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rigs the election (again), they'll be out in the streets in protest.

The other two candidates, Mehdi Karoubi and Mohsen Rezaie, have appealed to the Leadership that there be no vote-rigging.

Yadollah Javani, a leader of the Pasdaran (IRGC, Guardians of the Islamic Revolution), has vowed to crush any post-election violence.

...and in the big picture, this is really just all about who gets to be the public face of the un-elected Rahbare Enqelab (Leader of the Revolution) Ali Khamenei and take on the issue of liberalization in Iranian domestic politics.

M. Ahmadinejad personally took on more in the foreign policy department because the Supreme Leader allowed him to. No chance of that happening if anyone vaguely moderate gets the job this time.

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