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Failure of Iran’s Presidential election: A foregone conclusion

ImageWithout doubt, the Iranian regime’s presidential election on Friday carries no semblance of the democratic process. If the electoral process and the records of the candidates are any indication, this election will only serve to safeguard the status quo. Only those candidates with absolute loyalty to the doctrine of the velayat-e faqih can nominate themselves. Even then, the unelected Guardian Council has to approve their fitness.
Among a thousand-plus hopefuls, only eight were allowed to run. One of them, Major General Mohsen Rezai, has since withdrawn out of fear that the vote would be split. Of the remaining seven, four are former Revolutionary Guards commanders, two are mullahs and one is a three term former minister. The candidates have been key players in suppressing the Iranian people and exporting terrorism. (Ref: Who are the candidates in the mullahs’ election)
Former President and the frontrunner Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been directly responsible for the execution of 120,000 dissidents in Iran and the assassination of opponents abroad. He is also the father of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
What is new this time is the public’s overwhelming apathy and the intention to boycott the election, even among some who supported the regime and voted in previous elections. With elections not having any impact on their lives, the people have become disillusioned.
Iranian resistance’s political and social analysis of Iran’s current affairs is that the elections will be boycotted by the vast majority of Iranians. What is particularly noticeable this time is the disarray and discord within the ruling factions.
In a nutshell, we are facing an anti-democratic farce that is intended to legitimize an illegitimate regime. Regardless of the outcome, the ruling clique would emerge much weaker and much more vulnerable in the face of deepening political and social crises.
Furthermore, Tehran’s Western interlocutors who have been appeasing the mullahs so far and are pinning hope on the outcome on Friday, would have a hard time justifying their current policy, not only because it would be unjustifiable but also because it would bear no fruit.
Mohammad Mohaddessin,
Foreign Affairs Committee Chair
June 16, 2005