Monday, June 20, 2005
Continuing my too-loose following of Iran's Presidential election, I see this which probably explains how Ahmadinejad wound up in the run-off against Rafsanjani. Iran's elections are already problematic because of the vetting process, but could fairly be called democratic because they allow for open debate over a wide range of issues and whomever wins the vote actually assumes office. If these vote rigging accusations are true, the Iran has sunk to yet another low since things seemed to be looking up in the late 1990's. This also shows, however, that the hard-liners are worried about something, either within the Reformist camp or from Rafsanjani, who now becomes to the reformers what John Kerry was to Democratic activists in 2004.