Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Re-Elected: No Surprise

Iran's presidential election was a rousing success for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Over 80 percent of voters turned out, giving Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a landslide victory.


Unofficially, it's not all that clear. Ahmadinejad's closest rival, Mir Hossein Moussavi, got about a third of the vote. For a candidate who had a great deal of popular support before the election, running against a sitting president who's gotten credit for making a mess of Iran's economy for the last four years, Mir Hossein Moussavi didn't do well at all.

Again, officially.

Oddly enough, Moussavi didn't even win a majority of votes in his own home town.

"...Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini apparently has released a statement calling the results 'final' and hailing the election as a legitimization of the regime and its elections...." (FOXNews)
Mir Hossein Moussavi is complaining about the results, but I doubt that Iran's courts will go against the stated wish of the Supreme Leader.

And it probably doesn't make all that much difference, who is president of Iran: except to Iranians.

Iran's chief of state is the Supreme Leader. That's been Ali Hoseini-Khamenei, since June 4, 1989. The Supreme Leader doesn't have to bother with elections. He's appointed by the Assembly of Experts, and holds the position for life.

With a setup like that, I don't think swapping out a president would make a big change in Iranian foreign policy.

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