June 29, 2005
Iran's Election A Triumph Of One Man(bearded and named Ali) - One VoteTopics: Iran
And the man with the vote this time, as always, was the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
- The Times via Iran Press News
(...) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the second round of the presidential election with 17,248,782 votes. In the first round he got just 5,710,354 votes. In one week he secured the support of an extra 11,500,000 people, trebling his popularity, and scooping dramatically more votes than those earned in the first round by all the "hardline" candidates put together. All while the recorded turnout actually dropped. The figures just don't add up. And that's because they're made up. No independent observers are allowed to monitor what happens in polling stations, to scrutinise ballot boxes or attend counts. That would be to let daylight in upon the magic of theologically guided democracy.
(...) Instead, Iran's ruling fundamentalist elite makes its dispositions, plucks the appropriate figures out of the air to lend support their choice, and then European chancelleries rush to play their appointed role in this farce by welcoming the people's choice to his new office. More ...
Might this be a better description?
Posted by Hyscience at June 29, 2005 6:33 PM
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