Sunday, December 25, 2011

Iran Parliamentary Elections Process Begins

Iran on Saturday started registering candidates for the country's March parliamentary elections. The reformist groups, including the pro-Green opposition movement, are staying out of the race, saying the elections will not be fair and free.

The government’s Guardian Council needs to allow the candidacy of anyone wishing to run for a Majlis seat. The Council can and is expected to disallow candidates whose political views contrast with the ruling orthodoxy. Last week, the Guardian Council Chairman Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati publicly proclaimed that the reformists need not participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, calling them ‘traitors.’

In their absence, the main competition for the entire 290 seats in Majlis in the 2 March elections will be between the traditional hardliners staunchly royal to the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the conservative supporters of President Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, dubbed as ‘deviationists’ by the hardliners. Hardliners, having pushed the reformists to the sidelines, now consider the ‘deviationists’ as the major threat to the ruling system.

The outcome is not expected to bring any major change in the current system of governance, led by the supreme leader expected to govern the country for life.


Anonymous said...

The US is planing to redicule Irans upcoming elections with made up stories reflected by their corporate media slaves.
like Boycotts and cheats and etc.
I say let them bark and lets ignore and doubt ourselves.

Anonymous said...

The stupid regime ridicules itself without Americas assistance.

Anonymous said...

What parliamentary elections?
You call that rubber stamp house a parliament?
That place is full of khamemei YES men and don't even mention the so called reformists.
How can you reform a fascist theocracy with a dear leader as the head of state?
The days of reform are over and its sell by date was in 2009 the rest is just a con.
Anybody believes these people don't deserve to be called Iranian because as the saying goes "once bitten twice shy" comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:29 PM.....I couldn't disagree with you.These people think we are stupid or something.Really the people should kick them out of the system of politics and send them back to the mosque and bazaar where they rightfully belong.That's if they are lucky.

Anonymous said...

Oh my god I am sick of these blood suckers enough enough enough!

Anonymous said...

Come on Paul.. stop multiplying your opinion looooooool

you are one and your pathological anti Iranianism is one of a kind.

Nobody hates Iran like you do and nobody writes like you do.

Paul Iddon said...

@ Anon 7:06 AM

Excuse yourself, call me whatever you want but I have never and will never hide my opinions under the 'Anonymous' banner, no matter how unpopular or controversial. Everyone has the right to know my politics and point of view and is welcome to inquire about them on this space or via email, but I will not stand for baseless accusations leveled against me, unlike a lot of people here I have no need nor desire to cower and anonymously express my qualms and opinions and have never done so.

How do you get off saying I hate Iran anyway?

Anonymous said...

Anon7:06 AM

We could say the same thing about you regime people after all you people are the minority in Iran.
Your regime couldn't amass more than 150000 people in a Tehran square and then they had to bus them in and give them sandist LOOOL !! :)