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PoliCon
06-12-2009, 11:57 AM
By MARTIN SIEFF
Published: June 12, 2009 at 10:36 AM

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- More than 42 million Iranians are eligible to vote Friday in the presidential election, and long lines were reported around the country's polling places. Voting has already been extended at least two hours because of heavy turnout.

Incumbent hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has denied the Holocaust and vowed bloodcurdling threats against the United States and to wipe Israel off the map, is being challenged by former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was an extremist prime minister through most of the 1980s but now appears a relative moderate compared with Ahmadinejad. There are two other candidates, but the race is seen as between Ahmadinejad, whose reputation precedes him, and Mousavi. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is scheduled for June 19.

Most opinion polls heavily favor the incumbent Ahmadinejad, but some have given widely varying results -- Ahmadinejad's support swings from 22 percent to 62 percent. On the other hand, Ahmadinejad and his supporters control the state functions of government, which puts them at a huge advantage.


http://www.upi.com/news/issueoftheday/2009/06/12/Iran-election-may-decide-war-or-peace-for-Middle-East/UPI-26781244817412/

hazlnut
06-18-2009, 12:00 PM
That didn't work out too well.

megimoo
06-18-2009, 12:09 PM
By MARTIN SIEFF
Published: June 12, 2009 at 10:36 AM

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- More than 42 million Iranians are eligible to vote Friday in the presidential election, and long lines were reported around the country's polling places. Voting has already been extended at least two hours because of heavy turnout.

Incumbent hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has denied the Holocaust and vowed bloodcurdling threats against the United States and to wipe Israel off the map, is being challenged by former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was an extremist prime minister through most of the 1980s but now appears a relative moderate compared with Ahmadinejad. There are two other candidates, but the race is seen as between Ahmadinejad, whose reputation precedes him, and Mousavi. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is scheduled for June 19.

Most opinion polls heavily favor the incumbent Ahmadinejad, but some have given widely varying results -- Ahmadinejad's support swings from 22 percent to 62 percent. On the other hand, Ahmadinejad and his supporters control the state functions of government, which puts them at a huge advantage.


http://www.upi.com/news/issueoftheday/2009/06/12/Iran-election-may-decide-war-or-peace-for-Middle-East/UPI-26781244817412/
That place is a police state .If they start a real revolt the Republician guard would be on the streets in full combat gear and the streets filled with piles of dead civilians.It is at best a distraction for the Mullahs !

hazlnut
06-18-2009, 12:26 PM
UPDATE: Iran Council Offers to Meet With All Presidential Candidates on Saturday (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061800657.html)

Sounds promising.