IRAN: ELECTION OR SELECTION?
In an article published in the March issue of Le Monde Diplomatique (but strangely kept off the website), Iranian writer, Sururi Canadai argues that"Parliament is chosen before a single vote is cast" and asks whether the elections are really elections"if all the candidates have been pre-selected."
The results are in and you can find media attempts to put the best face on this pertinent question here. I find the following post from YUAN DING ON GUOJI ZAI XIAN WEBSITE, China particularly poignant:
The campaign has so far failed to make people feel the excitement of previous elections. Although they did not openly protest, the people's rare silence and passive response showed their dissatisfaction and frustration.
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