Sunday, June 14, 2009

Iranian Election...Legit or Sham?

The big news story as of late seems to be the Iranian election in which the incumbent, Holocaust denying, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was up for re-election. His biggest rival Mir Hossein Moussavi is considered to be a reformist in Iran, meaning they favor loosening social restrictions at home and improving Iran's ties with the West.

After the ballots were counted, Ahmadinejad received 62.63% of the votes and Moussavi 33.75%. Many believe it was fixed due to the high number of voters that turned out expressing support for Moussavi. Another factor contributing to this is that the median age in Iran is 27, meaning half of the population is 27 and older and half is 27 and younger. It is this younger population that has been so supportive of Moussavi, which makes such a blowout hard to believe.

I suppose it depends on your definition of a blow out election, but take a look at the US Presidential election results for some perspective. Not out of the realm of possibility, however if the results are true, then it suggests the county overwhelmingly supports Ahmadinejad's leadership and beliefs and only about 1/3 of the country supports reform in Iran and how it deals with the world.

CNN was reporting on Saturday that much of the communication had been shut down in Iran such as Facebook and other methods people use to express their views.

What do you think. Are the results legitimate or a complete sham? Are 1/3 of the population just out of luck? Or are they right that this has turned into a dictatorship? Do you care that he's still in power?

4 comments:

jan said...

I think the western press is totally naive to believe this is anything but a sham election.

Jay said...

Frankly...I don't care. I remember the last time that the "youth" in Iran revolted in the streets, and am skeptical that this is little more than a power play using the populace like sheep. Moussavi is no better than Ahmadinejad. In fact, considering his history (which is strangely never reported) he may very well be much more the monster than Ahmadinejad is portrayed to the west.

Lola said...

Good point Jay...We were just having that same conversation earlier today that we don't know that even if it is a sham that Mousavi would be any better...he could be worse...we know nothing!!

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