Thursday, June 11, 2009

Iranian Elections

Tomorrow the Iranian people will chose their next president. Most peoples immediate reaction is, "Iran has elections". Yes it does, and they are generally free and fair if you ignore the fact that certain people are banned from running. The catch is that the position of president is not the most powerful position in the state. It is probably the second or third most powerful post ahead of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini and perhaps Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati who heads the powerful council of guardians. Having said that the President can influence the nation greatly in both international and domesticit issues and tomorrows election is a good indication of the mood the country is in. The main contenders are Mahmoud Ahdadinejad who is up for reelection and the reformer Mir-Hossein Mousavi who has created something of an Obama stlye revolution amongst Iran's politically vibrant and energetic youth.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi pictured at a rally this week has promised to modernise Iran and reach out to the west

I can confirm from my time in Iran that the youth of the country are exceptionally well clued in to politics.

The young and trendy in Iran love Mousavi. Whoever wins the youth vote wins the election as 75% of Iranians are under the age of thirty.

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