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Monday, June 22, 2009

Iran: Irregularities at the Counting House

Ahmadinejad claims to have gathered 13m votes more than all three conservative candidates combined managed in 2005. If true, this would be the biggest increase in a vote since the birth of the Islamic Republic, and conveniently bigger than that achieved by the reformist winner in 1997, Mohammad Khatami. This is odd. The major reformist organisations boycotted the 2005 poll, which Ahmadinejad won, and so the re-entry of these voters might be expected to boost the reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi. Not so, apparently.

link: Magic numbers | Ali Ansari and Thomas Rintoul | Comment is free | The Guardian


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