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Iranian Parliament election thread (!!)

by whataboutbob Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 11:52:48 AM EST

I was curious about this...

Parliamentary elections in Iran

Conservatives tipped to win in Iran election

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranians voted on Friday in a low-key election likely to keep parliament in the grip of conservatives after unelected state bodies barred many reformist foes of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from the race.

But the next assembly may not give Ahmadinejad an easy ride, even if conservatives dominate. They include not just his allies, but critics of his economic policies and politicians looking beyond this election to the presidential poll in 2009.

Reformists favouring more political and social freedom had hoped to capitalise on public discontent about inflation, now at 19 percent. But the vetting process and a government crackdown on dissent have muted their challenge. They may struggle to keep the 40 or so seats they held in the outgoing 290-seat assembly.

Anyone hearing the results of this election?

I had been hearing that the Iranian people weren't so happy with this government...is this a fair election?

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 11:54:00 AM EST
Well, it's a bit like having an UK election with most Labour candidates disqualified from standing......

...err, well actually, I don't think that's necessarily an entirely bad idea....

Suffice to say that the election is probably a fair one in terms of process, but not in terms of candidate pre-qualification, where few "Reformists" survived (not literally...) the "conservative" dominated vetting process.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 12:22:03 PM EST
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Pre-screened, so to speak, eh? So then it isn't truly representative. Oh well, I had hopes...naive of me, perhaps.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 12:34:19 PM EST
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The conservative elements have been strengthened, as far as I can tell, by the hard-line policies of the US and allies. It's much harder to argue with someone who says that the "West" wants to destroy Iran when they're moving forces around on your border and imposing sanctions ...
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 12:36:48 PM EST
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A slightly rambling set of observations on real Iranian lives

Observer - Iran's young women find private path to freedom

The rules of the coffee houses - in comparison with the street - reflect the fundamental division in Iran. It is not the divide between the 'Reforms' and the 'Principalists' of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who competed for Iran's parliamentary elections on Friday. For many of the young, including Mehdi and Shareh, those elections represented an increasingly irrelevant distinction in a clerical system they feel is stacked in favour of itself. Instead, the division is between what Iranians do and say in private, or in places where they feel comfortable, and how they are forced to behave in public.

The inevitable tension between the two is defining the boundaries of the country's culture wars. For it is here, rather than in the polling booths, that Iran's most crucial competition is taking place - over the limits of what is acceptable self-expression. It is the struggle to push the boundaries of freedom in Iran..........................

And what is holding back greater pressure for a more organised change - for a confrontation with a system that many reject - is that the different communities of interest in Iran have not learnt how to break out of their private networks and connect.

'We are not used to having connections. Each small group is like an island with its own private ethics. The only real connection that the younger generation have here is to the outside via satellite television. And unfortunately that is a fake connection,' he said sadly. 'It is an illusory idea of how people live in the outside world.'

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Mar 16th, 2008 at 12:18:38 PM EST

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