Bits and Pieces

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Iranian Bloggers To Report on Election

Iranians are in for an interesting day tomorrow as polls open for the general election. Pro-reform advocates have called for a mass no-show in an effort to undermine the rule of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Ayatollah, who by all reports rules the nation with an iron fist, succeeded Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in 1989. Before that he was President from 1981-1989.

In May 2003, over 100 members of parliament wrote an open letter to the Ayatollah, warning that unless he removes obstacles to reforms the survival of the Islamic system will be at risk.

Anyway, Khamenei's government barred 2,400 candidates who are looking for reform. It later muzzled two liberal newspapers, Yas-e-nou and Sharq, in the leadup to the election.

In the meantime, Hossein Derakhshan is encouraging Iranian bloggers to keep us up to date on the election as it happens. I'll do my best to post what I find, as I'm sure others in the blogosphere will. Good look reformers.
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