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Polls open in Iran elections

2012-03-02 12:03

Tehran - Iran opened legislative elections on Friday, with the country's 48 million voters being called out in what is seen as a test of how much support President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has among ruling conservatives.

The elections, to fill the 290 seats in parliament, are being boycotted by Iran's main opposition and reformist groups, the leaders of which have been under house arrest for a year.

It is the first nationwide poll since the disputed 2009 re-election of Ahmadinejad, which sparked widespread protests, by opposition groups crying fraud, and a bloody regime crackdown.

International observers have not been allowed in to the country by authorities, who were determined to show a high turnout as a sign of popular backing for the regime.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said a big turnout would be a "blow to the mouth of the enemy" - the United States and its Western allies.

Comments
  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-03-02 12:50

    US and 'the west' don't have to do anything , they just have to let them keep doing what they have been doing and its own people will do the job. Dispite the rhetoric Irans govt's greatest threat is not the US , Isreal or 'the west' , its its own people and they know it.

      Fidel - 2012-03-02 14:40

      Touche'!

      Fred - 2012-03-02 17:23

      The same cannot be said. The Iranian regime adjusted the last election and brutally put down opposition to these actions by the Iranian people. Totally different dynamics at play.

      Fred - 2012-03-02 20:11

      Hahahaha! Another clanger Fidel. People aren't commenting about election-rigging in the US BECAUSE IT DOESN"T HAPPEN.

      mundu.olewega - 2012-03-02 20:42

      What's your point, Marco? Americans will rise up against their government? Actually that's why there is a democracy in the US. It is backed by the 2nd Amendment to their constitution...the right to bear arms.

      Fidel - 2012-03-02 20:48

      Americans are politically illiterate. In the US, there is no government representative of the people - they have only a government co-opted by corporations. So, the President, per se, and his party, per se, are completely irrelevant. Only the American people don't know this. There is no one to vote for that equals a real change of any substance. There is no party that is an anti-war party for example. The Democrats are deceivers. The Republicans are liars.

      Fred - 2012-03-02 20:54

      The US political system is not perfect by any means, and it is influenced by lobbyists, no question about that. But your conclusions are, as usual, bigoted, extreme and distorted.

      Fidel - 2012-03-02 21:51

      Other countries'political systems are not perfect as well. The west developed democracy for themselves. It's entirely possible that new political structures will arise which are not only more coherent than the west's but which even they would accept provide adequate levels of freedom for the individual. Your sham democracy is not worth exporting to other countries via bombs.

      Anthony - 2012-03-02 22:35

      @ Fidel, That's absolute nonsense that you talk, The Scandinavian countries, as well as most countries in Western Europe, have got a great political system, where "the man in the street" most certainly has a say, by whom and how they are governed. Perfect ? Maybe not, but pretty close to it !!! But it is silly to talk about Western European democracies, in context of the Iranian elections. The REAL opposition is not part of this process, and their leaders are either in jail or under house arrest. These "elections" are merely a contest between the political conservatives and the religious ultra conservatives. The Iranian youth, will have to wait, for their elections But their " Arab Spring" will come.....For Sure !!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-02 22:42

      The fact that you can't even imagine how anyone could do that without blindly following your lead shows precisely why Westerners including you should keep their hands off other people's revolutions. Again, the west developed democracy for themselves, not for other 5 billion people around the world. There are, have been, and can be as many forms of democracy as people need to deliver the reality of human dignity and well-being to all.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 03:32

      Absolutely other forms of democracy will emerge. You have such an inferiority complex Fidel. And you're supporting dictators who don't want democracy at all, in any form. Doesn't make sense at all. Are you going to answer the questions: what did you mean when you said Israel was a refuge for Jews and a big bull's eye?

      Anthony - 2012-03-03 07:11

      Fidel, Ohhhh, you mean the different types of democracies, like they have in Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe,etc, etc, and let's not forget, the greatest democracy Africa ever had; the one baked, by that fruitcake gaddafi !! Before you comment ant further on issues like these, learn the difference between a democracy and a dictatorship !!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-03 08:12

      Nothing is good for everyone. As a negotiated human construction, democracy is no panacea. It is a system made within the context of history and the diversity of human identities. It is not one institutional form, or a single set of processes. The most undemocratic thing is to assume you have the complete answer and insist everyone else does democracy your way.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 08:42

      Well, at least start off by supporting the democratic desires of the people of the Middle East. Instead of supporting the UNELECTED brutal dictators who crush these aspirations by murdering, detaining, torturing and raping them. WHile you're lecturing on foregone conclusions, unarmed civilians wanting the most basic of human rights are being butchered under your nose. And you say nothing about this. It's weird Fidel, totally weird.

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