June 10, 2009

REFORM OR COUNTER-REVOLUTION?:

Election opponent accuses Ahmadinejad of lying in TV debate: As campaign hots up, Rafsanjani urges supreme leader to rein in the president, accusing him of 'fabrications' (Ian Black, 6/09/09, guardian.co.uk)

Iran's turbulent election campaign took a dramatic turn today when one of the country's most senior politicians accused the hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, of lying in a televised debate.

In an unprecedented public appeal, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani urged the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to rein in the president, who in the debate last week accused Rafsanjani of corruption. [...]

Meanwhile, central Tehran saw chaotic scenes for a second day when supporters of Mousavi – many of them young women – flocked in their tens of thousands to another demonstration, shouting anti-Ahmadinejad slogans and waving the green ribbons, banners and posters that have become the symbol of his campaign. A "human chain" rally on Monday night was likened by many to the events that shook Tehran before the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2009 5:46 AM
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