Sunday, June 14, 2009

Iranian Presidential Election Update: Ahmadinejad silent on guarentee of safety of chief rival

According to CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour, in an interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President declined to state whether the Iranian government would guarantee the safety of his main rival in the disputed Presidential Election. Well, this is how they do things over there. If you are on the loosing end of a Presidential election, it looks like you'd better beat it out of town or you might go to jail.

Record turnout for this election, a median age of 27 for Iran's population, this is a young country. We take lots of things for granted as far as our Democracy. In many countries where they have moved away from totalitarian governments to western style democracies, they are still feeling their way through a representative process that includes citizen participation in the selection of their leaders. You have to be very courageous to run for elected office in places like this.

The results of the election don't match up to the reports from the average citizen that wants to have better relations with the international community and a change in leadership. I hope that the Ayatollahs and Ahmadinejad didn't steal this election. If they have in-fact rigged the election for Ahmadinejad, this could be 1979 all over again.

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