Friday, June 12, 2009

Iran Rocks the Vote

It is estimated that nearly 80% of Iran's registered voters voted today in their Presidential Election. Some are predicting that this large turnout points to Ahmadinejad losing his job. What does that mean to us? Maybe very little.... at least for now.

One of the guys running against Ahmadinejad is Mir Hossein Mousavi, the former prime minister and moderate "green" candidate. Mousavi was Prime Minister for about eight years before his position was abolished. He's been out of the political spotlight ever since.

One interesting thing he has promised in his campaign is opening up television networks to the private sector. Currently all television stations in IRAN are ran by the state. You think CNN and MSNBC are too biased? Try a government run TV station. Yikes.

Mousavi also promised to review women's rights and fight for their equal treatment.

He has pledged to review the Nuclear program, but vows to not make any "massive changes" if he were to win.

This could mean one of two things. Either he agrees with the program, or he doesn't agree and does not want to make waves yet. There is a lot of tension among Iranians over reaction to a possible Ahmadinejad defeat. Some militia groups have made their feelings known that certain changes to the way things are done now will not be accepted.

So, Mousavi could either be a welcome change for America... or more of the same. Time will tell... that is if the election isn't rigged. Here is some audio about this story:

Read the Full Story from The Guardian

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