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  "Iran after the Elections" (February-March 2004)
Iran, for its part, is unlikely to grant such concessions at the best of times, let alone during a period when the system is undergoing its gravest legitimacy crisis in 25 years.
The broadest implication of the parliamentary elections is that they have dramatically underscored the failure of Iran's mullahs to graft Islamist ideology with the institutions of a modern democratic state.
For all the elections the Islamic Republic has held over the past 25 years and all the gesture politics and sloganeering revolving around the theme of "Islamic Democracy," alternations of power in the Iranian government are still determined in secret by a handful of clerics.
www.meib.org /articles/0402_iran1.htm   (2138 words)

 CNN.com - Iran hardliners set for landslide - Feb. 22, 2004
Iran's Interior Ministry said on Sunday that about 50 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots, down from the 67 percent turnout in the 2000 polls.
In the last parliamentary elections of 2000, walls were plastered with pictures and campaign posters as the vote captivated a country that believed it was cementing a solid agenda of reform.
One group of hard-liners running in Friday's election, the Coalition of Developers of Islamic Iran, said a ban on the use of satellite television, popular in Iran, must be enforced to guard against corruption of Islamic values and national security.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/meast/02/22/iran.elections/index.html   (767 words)

 FrontPage magazine.com :: Iran's Meaningless Elections by Reza Bayegan
Iran is a country whose laws are enacted with a view to protect the strong and powerful against the democratic rights of its citizens.
After the election of Mohammad Khatami whose promising style enthralled many Iranians as well as foreign observers, the prospect of political transformation and a bloodless transfer of power to the people seemed imminent.
The mood of the students in the country's university campuses -- which in Iran is customarily a good signal of the political pulse of the whole nation -- indicates disillusionment with the present political arrangement.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=11962   (1247 words)

 March 2000: Elections in Iran Reveal Crisis of Islamic Republic
These elections, like all others under the Islamic Republic rule, are fundamentally undemocratic for a variety of reasons, including the fact that only candidates deemed "Islamic" by the Council of Guardians are allowed to run.
While the elections did not decide the course of the class struggle in Iran, they did register the desire of the broad masses for democratic reforms and government accountability.
After the results of the elections became known, Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, issued a pardon for two students who were tried and jailed for writing a play that was deemed as insulting to Islam.
www.socialistaction.org /news/200003/iran.html   (1065 words)

 Elections in Iran: What Happened? Why? And Will It Matter?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
There's a presidential election that will be coming up in another year or so, so this is certainly something that's going to become an issue for President Khatami--whether or not he's able to deliver on the real material well-being issues that I think are the bread-and-butter kind of issues that people vote on.
You saw in Iran a very similar sort of atmosphere that you saw in Michigan over the past few days, where it was a debate about who are the real reformers and who's a real reformer.
The elections are expected to change the makeup of the parliament, or Majlis, and to return the former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, to a position of prominence.
www.brookings.edu /comm/events/20002023_elections_iran_page.htm   (10600 words)

 Candidates Register for Iran's Elections | ajc.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
TEHRAN, Iran — Candidates began registering Monday for Iran's third-ever local council elections, a December vote expected to be a test of public approval for hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
However, the council may well approve a substantial number of reformists for the local elections simply because it will not know the political color of many of the hundreds of thousands of candidates, who will be standing for the first time.
Reformers see the election as a test of their public support after losing control of the parliament in 2004 and presidency in 2005.
www.ajc.com /news/content/shared-gen/ap/Middle_East/Iran_Elections.html   (528 words)

 Elections in Iran - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Iran elects on national level a head of government (the president), a legislature (the Majlis), and an "Assembly of Experts" (which elects the head of state, the Supreme Leader).
Also City and Village Council elections are held every 4 years throughout the country.
Elections for the Assembly of Experts are held every 8 years.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Elections_in_Iran   (175 words)

 CNN.com - Polls close in Iran's parliamentary elections - February 18, 2000
Under Iran's election laws, the campaign period was limited to one week, forcing most candidates to rely on face-to-face meetings with voters.
There are no opinion polls in Iran, but many expect the reformists to do well because of the mounting frustration among ordinary people with the Islamic rule imposed after the 1979 revolution brought the Shiite clergy to power by ousting the pro-U.S. shah.
Election rules require a winning candidate to receive a minimum of 25 percent of votes cast.
archives.cnn.com /2000/WORLD/meast/02/18/iran.elections.03   (1151 words)

 Background to the Parliamentary Elections in Iran Monthly Review - Find Articles
The elections were reported as "the most democratic," and the young voters as dancing lovers of Internet Cafes, Baywatch, rap music and Pizza Hut.
This election was held in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.
Election campaigns were limited, in terms of the length of time, the size of the posters, and even the color of leaflets.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1132/is_10_52/ai_72704336   (991 words)

 Workers World March 18, 1999: Behind the elections in Iran
The most interesting aspect of the election was the overwhelming participation of women, with three of the Tehran seats going to women and all seats in the southwest town Hamadan going to women.
During Iran's constitutional revolution of 1906-11, the concept of the Shora was first introduced in the Iranian constitution.
Khatami and his grouping have used the Shora elections and the participation of millions of people in these elections as a weapon to strengthen their position in relation to the other ruling-class faction.
www.workers.org /ww/1999/iran0318.php   (1732 words)

 Online NewsHour: Elections in Iran -- May 8, 2000
Her forthcoming book is "Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran." And Daniel Pipes, editor of the Middle East quarterly, and director of Middle East Forum, a nonprofit group that tries to promote U.S. interests in the Middle East.
Then the guardian council turns around and says, boy, even though the election results from last February in Tehran may not be valid because of fraud.
I would agree with Ali that there is a entrenched minority that wants to keep the status quo and the version of Islamic rule as Iran has known it for 20 years, but it's the minority.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/middle_east/jan-june00/iran_5-08.html   (1585 words)

 Online NewsHour: Reformists Boycott Elections in Iran -- February 20, 2004
LOUISE BATES: The parliamentary election in Iran is more a test of public sentiment than a real political contest, since nearly two and a half thousand candidates have been banned from running.
I think what you are beginning to see in Iran is as the conventional political process has come to a standstill, as the idea of electoral politics is no longer relevant, increasingly Iranians are going to start to pressure the system from outside as opposed to trying to change it from inside.
So what you begin to see in Iran is an increasing emergence of a sort of a coalition involving disenfranchised parliamentarians, student organizations, dissident clerics and a hard-pressed middle class whose standard of living has declined every year since the revolution.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/middle_east/jan-june04/iran_02-20.html   (1983 words)

 Q&A: Iran's elections | csmonitor.com
Iran's relations with its neighbors have changed dramatically since Sept. 11, primarily because of changes in the region wrought by the US - Iran's official arch-foe, which is still known as the "Great Satan" in some quarters here.
These moves are in addition to a long-standing effort by Iran to improve ties to the Gulf states and other neighbors, as it seeks to bring itself out of the isolation that has prevailed since the 1979 Islamic revolution, and cement its role as a regional superpower.
Difficult as life in Iran continues for many, Iranians and their expat brethren are adept at getting around every type of rule, and often revel in the challenge of doing so, as a simple form of protest.
www.csmonitor.com /2004/0223/p25s01-wome.html   (1506 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | Bush criticises Iran's election
"Iran is ruled by men who suppress liberty at home and spread terror across the world," he said in a statement released by the White House.
He did not identify who was behind the interference, which he said included "disruption of gatherings, beatings, illegal pamphlets and spreading lies to ruin candidates' reputations regardless of political inclination".
Iran has been rocked by a series of bombings in recent days that left up to 10 people dead.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/4100476.stm   (483 words)

 Labor Party Pakistan | Elections In Iran: An Overview
During the 1997 presidential elections, Azam Taleghani, a known activist, was disqualified.
Iran's election laws also discriminate on a religious basis.
The Ayatollahs' Iran is a sharp contrast with Chavez's Venezuela, where distribution of oil wealth has improved living standards for millions despite a US-backed opposition blocking the reforms.
www.laborpakistan.org /articles/intl/iranelection.php   (1024 words)

 CNN.com - Rumsfeld slams Iran's 'mock' elections - Jun 26, 2005
Iran's Guardian Council did disqualify more than 1,000 candidates, including all the women who wanted to run.
Iran's Islamic theocratic regime supported a different candidate, while two-term former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani -- who has taken softer stances on certain key issues -- was expected to win.
Ahmadinejad on Sunday defended his nation's elections and rejected criticism, saying the vote was fair and that he will represent all Iranians.
www.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/meast/06/26/iran.us   (731 words)

 IranExpert:Iran's governors threaten elections
Iran's provincial governors have escalated the confrontation over who can run in next month's elections by declaring they will not allow polling in their areas unless most of the disqualifications are overturned.
While Iran's supreme leader, Ayat Allah Ali Khamenei, has the authority to overrule the governors, their declaration suggests that if the conservatives responsible for the disqualifications do not back down, they will have to resort to extraordinary measures to hold the legislative elections on 20 February.
The move has triggered Iran's biggest political crisis in years, with reformers accusing conservatives of trying to skew the elections.
www.iranexpert.com /2004/governors29january.htm   (371 words)

 Iran's Elections Serve Mullahcracy, Not Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Iran’s ayatollahs justify their rule based on their claim to be carrying out the will of God, not the will of the people.
Iran’s ruling theocratic regime is a mullahcracy run by Islamic clerics, not a true democracy.
Although he was humiliatingly defeated in the 2000 parliamentary elections, Rafsanjani has resurrected himself as a political chameleon and now seeks to appeal to both the Islamic hardline and liberal reformist camps with the slogan “Let’s Work Together.” Rafsanjani has the support of 27 to 37 percent of Iranian voters, according to opinion polls.
www.heritage.org /Research/MiddleEast/wm767.cfm   (1151 words)

 Iranian presidential election, 2005 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The election saw a turnout of almost 60% of eligible voters, seen as a strike back by Iran at the United States' initial allegations that many in Iran would be restricted from voting.
The first round of the election was a very close race with minor differences in the number of votes won by each candidate which led to a run-off a week later with Ahmadinejad and ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani participating.
The election in Iran began on 09:00 local time (04:30 UTC) and while the original deadline was ten hours later on 19:00 (14:30 UTC), the deadline was extended three times by the Ministry of Interior, finally until 23:00 (18:30 UTC).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Iranian_presidential_election,_2005   (2965 words)

On election day, polling stations were supposed to be open for a maximum of 12 hours, but the Interior Ministry reported that turnout was so large that voters who had arrived before the deadline and were standing in line were allowed to vote anyway.
The election headquarters announced that run-offs would be held in late April or early May in the 65 constituencies where no candidate attracted 25 percent of the votes.
Iran is dependent on food imports because of under-investment, mismanagement, and corruption in the agricultural sector, which has led to more unemployment and greater reliance on subsidies.
meria.idc.ac.il /journal/2000/issue1/jv4n1a1.html   (6670 words)

 The Upcoming Presidential Elections in Iran: Free Muslims Coalition
It should be noted that Iran does not have a tradition of well-established political parties, and that the country's political system has been characterized primarily by elections that focus on personalities.
In an opinion-poll election conducted among 1,000 students by Tehran University's Basij organization, which is loyal to the conservative forces, conservative Tehran Mayor Ahmadi-Nejad received 20.2% of the vote; Mo'in received 18.9%; and Qalibaf received 11.6%.
Prior to the elections, Ganji published a manifesto in which he called for an elections boycott as a means of pressuring Iran's repressive regime and as the only effective way to bring about regime change.
www.freemuslims.org /news/article.php?article=705   (3479 words)

 Statement on the Presidential elections in Iran Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents - Find Articles
The June 17th Presidential elections are sadly consistent with this oppressive record.
Iran's rulers denied more than a thousand people who put themselves forward as candidates, including popular reformers and women who have done so much for the cause of freedom and democracy in Iran.
The Iranian people deserve a genuinely democratic system in which elections are honest--and in which their leaders answer to them instead of the other way around.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2889/is_24_41/ai_n14919687   (510 words)

 StrategyTalk.org :: View topic - Elections in Iran
Iran Election Headquarters released Saturday the official result for the 9th Presidential Elections.
With a turnout of 62 percent or more, voters rejected reformist youth calls for a boycott and some said they meant their vote to be a slap in the face of US President George W. Bush.
I realize that a lot of folks probably feel the same way about the 2000 election in this country, but in Iran it appears to be SOP regardless of the situation if the "desired outcome" is not achieved.
www.strategytalk.org /phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2969   (941 words)

 Iran: Presidential Elections are a farce
The presidential elections in Iran on 17 June are a farce!
Iran's citizens go to the polls this coming Friday to elect a new president, but they do not have a free choice.
Free elections demand that anyone may vote for any candidate whom he or she considers the right person for the post.
www.ishr.org /press/pr2005/0605/050614iran.htm   (874 words)

 Islam Online- News Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Iran's presidential elections will go for an unprecedented second round after none of the hopefuls secured an outright win in the country’s tightest vote ever, the Interior Ministry said Saturday, June 18, after counting ended.
Iranian authorities had hoped for a high turn-out to fend off foreign criticism that the elections were unfair.
His campaign portrayed him as the only one with the political savvy and influence to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff with the West and repair ties with Washington.
www.islamonline.net /English/News/2005-06/18/article01.shtml   (470 words)

 BBC News | IRAN ELECTION NEWS | Iran elections: Special report
The landslide win by Iran's reformists in the country's general election was an unmistakable demonstration of people power and a heavy blow to hardline clerics: Jim Muir in Tehran assesses the result.
Iran's political system is like no other, and its revolution has had an enormous impact on the Muslim world: Roger Hardy on the Iranian model.
Links to other Iran election news stories are at the foot of the page.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/in_depth/middle_east/2000/iran_elections/iran_election_news/627344.stm   (136 words)

 Discontented masses shun elections in Iran
Iranians not only have lost their belief in the ballot and reform efforts of President Khatami, but are also looking for an alternative outside of the Islamic regime.
Low urban voter turnout for the nationwide local council elections March 1 is evidence of this.
Low turnout also indicates a serious crisis for the legitimacy of the conservative Islamic regime which insists that voting is a religious duty.
www.newsandletters.org /Issues/2003/April/Iran_Apr03.htm   (386 words)

 FOXNews.com - Iran Elections Held as Reformers Urge Boycott - U.S. & World
Iran's hard-line clerical leadership seeks a significant voter response to demonstrate its enduring strength 25 years after the Islamic Revolution.
Parliament elections in 2000 attracted more than 67 percent of voters nationwide and almost 47 percent in Tehran province.
In northeastern Iran, where train cars derailed and exploded earlier this week, killing 320 people and injuring more than 400, residents were mourning and voting was especially sparse.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,111985,00.html   (1179 words)

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