June 21, 2013

IN A DEMOCRACY YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE YOUR LUMPS SOMETIMES:

Syria's critical role in the Iranian presidential election (LINDA HEIDEN, 21 June 2013, Open Democracy)

After the regime's vicious suppression of the Green Movement following the 2009 election, there were calls to boycott the election this time around.  In Europe, boycott proponents launched an imaginative counter-campaign urging Iranians to cast their ballot online for a fictitious graphic novel heroine modelled on the mother of a young man murdered during the protests four years ago. 

In the end, however, the vast majority of Iranians heeded warnings that "boycotting simply hands victory to the extremists".  Endorsements by former presidents Rafsanjani (Supreme Leader Khamenei's 'moderate' arch rival) & Khatami (a leading reformist) set off a landslide of votes that propelled 'moderate' president-elect Hassan Rouhani to the top of the poll. 

Meanwhile, Khamenei's inability to unify his fractious supporters meant they had no one to rally round to quash Rouhani's stunning victory.  The final result showed Rouhani garnering well over 3 times the tally of his nearest competitor, and 1.7 million votes more than all his competitors put together. 

Posted by at June 21, 2013 7:30 PM
  

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