Iran ‘election’ more of an Ayatollah selection?

June 13, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has seemingly defeated moderate challenger Mirhossein Mousavi by a surprisingly wide margin in Iran’s presidential election.

The government of Iran on Saturday announced that incumbent Ahmadinejad had won getting 62.6% of the vote in the presidential election.

Reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi the former prime minister who was the main challenger, who was officially reported to have gotten just under 34% of the vote, was also claimed victory, calling the result a “dangerous charade”, as backers vowed to appeal for a re-run.

But Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, made it clear that the election was over.

“More than 80 per cent turnout and more than 20m votes for the president-elect is a real cause for celebration,” the supreme leader said in a statement on Saturday afternoon, calling the election “a startling and unique event”. “Other honorable candidates must refrain from any kind of provocative and distrustful words or deeds,” the Ayatollah said.

Mousavi, who became the hero of a powerful youth-driven movement, had been critical of Ahmadinejad for the countries economic stagnation, including rising inflation and unemployment. He also implicitly criticized Iran’s support for militant groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, saying the government should focus on domestic problems instead.

Another Ahmadinejad term may translate into continued repression and more assertive foreign policies, especially on the nuclear program.

Many contend though this election was not the will of the people at all but the Ayatollah’s determination to ensure Iran stays under his tight control:

Karim Sadjapour, Analyst at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace spoke of what many fear:

“I don’t think anyone anticipated this level of fraudulence. This was a selection, not an election. At least authoritarian regimes like Syria and Egypt have no democratic pretences. In retrospect it appears this entire campaign was a show: (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah (Ali) Khamenei wasn’t ever going to let Ahmadinejad lose.”


2 Responses to “Iran ‘election’ more of an Ayatollah selection?”

  1. Iran ‘election’ more of an Ayatollah selection? on June 13th, 2009 9:40 am

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  2. Freedom on June 13th, 2009 11:10 am

    This election result, fraudulent and manipulated, bodes badly for peace, and greatly increases the likelihood of war…. including the use of nuclear weapons. The Europeans, Arabs and Americans have no stomach for a war with Iran, but Israel will feel obligated, as a matter of national survival, to elminate Iran’s nuclear weapons program nurtured by the present theocratic islamo-facist regime. When Ahmadinejad says he wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, the Israelis take him at his word. They have to! I don’t see any door open for a peaceful solution. Ahmadinejad is going to lead the Middle East into war, and it could be a horrible war the likes of which humanity has ever seen if nukes are used. Is this 1938 all over again?

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