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Reformers Make Small Gains in Iran Elections

Posted on Mar 15, 2008

Sixty percent of Iranian voters cast their ballot Friday in their country’s parliamentary elections. With half of all races decided, Iranian reform candidates have won over 30 seats, slightly reducing the power of the ruling religious conservative faction. Voter turnout picked up after a slow start, eventually exceeding the 51 percent in elections four years ago.

The New York Times:

With about half of the races for Parliament decided Saturday, more than 30 reformers appear to have won seats although most of their most prominent members had been barred from running by the country’s conservative establishment.

Religious conservatives, as expected, took a vast majority of the 141 seats that had already been decided. The conservative winners included some critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, notably Ali Larijani, the former nuclear negotiator, who resigned over his differences with the president.

The results were announced by Press TV, the official government television network. Voter turnout was 60 percent, compared with 51 percent four years earlier, according to the Interior Ministry.

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By Bahram, March 16, 2008 at 11:59 am Link to this comment
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Just to add to your sea of knowledge the supreme leader himself is an Azeri Turk.
Iran is in need of constitutional reforms and from within not crocodile tears shed in far away lands. Not surprisingly, the guardian council and media blackout of the election can turn to K Street influence and fifth state propaganda in a consumer society

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By Douglas Chalmers, March 16, 2008 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

It matters a lot to the people living there,  especially the Azeri turks, etc in the north-western province of East Azerbaijan

Or you could take up CodePink’s version of “Don’t bomb bomb Iran” for something more positive, uhh

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By Richard Friedman, March 15, 2008 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment

We should be rooting for the reformers, right?  In reality anyone who was slightly sensible was excluded from running at all.  So, it would be better not to parse this race as one between “reformers” and “conservatives” when it was really more like one between the schizophrenics and the paranoid schizophrenics.  Does it really matter which group is in charge of the nut house?

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