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March 04, 2012

Iranian elections, a family affair!

March 04, 2012

March 04, 2012

Amid the wide media coverage of the Iranian elections, one might stop to ask some questions on the development of politics in the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution.
In the absence of non-Islamist political parties, most of which are repressed or banned, it is difficult to have real competition. What makes competition less likely, and the whole process unfair, is vetting candidates, which sometimes eliminates more than half of those running, thus leaving any viable opposition with less candidates than the required seats to acquire a majority. Vetting, done by the unelected Guardian Council, is a tool to guarantee the survival of the Islamic Republic through eliminating possible enemies of the system; the criteria is always open to further manipulation.
Following the green uprising in 2009, Iranian politics is increasingly becoming a family affair; we started hearing more of Ali Khamenei's son, Hadi, Hashemi Rafsangani's family and now Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's sister: Parvin. Take a close look at this story of who is running against who:

In the capital Tehran, anti-Ahmadinejad candidates including Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, whose daughter is married to Khamenei’s son, were showing strong support. However, several Ahmadinejad supporters are likely to win seats in Tehran.A huge embarrassment was the defeat of Parvin Ahmadinejad, the president’s younger sister, in their hometown of Garmsar.

 
What an election! Ahmadinejad's sister losing, and Hadi Khamenei's father in law winning. It just reminds me of the Syrian referendum, yet another joke.



(photo: An Iranian Jewish couple casting their vote. Vahid Salimi, Associated Press)


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