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Election: Iran (Part II)

Posted by AB on June 12, 2009

Iranian elections have now taken place, and record crowds have voted.  In fact, voting stations were so crowded across Iran that voting was extended to midnight.  By all of the accounts that I’ve read, the Presidential election between incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and main challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is very close.

I have no idea when the election results might be released, but it is likely that those results will be known in the next 24-48 hours.  I am hoping for a Mousavi victory, but no matter who wins, the record turnout is evidence that a strong debate is taking place for the future of Iran.

Via TalkingPointsMemo (TPM) http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/,  there are two pieces that caught my eye (much more great coverage on TPM): 

One from the BBC that has a nifty guide on Iran’s power structure. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8051750.stm

Another from Time that has an interview of Mir Hossein Mousavi.  http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1904343,00.html

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