Monday, 14 January 2013

Iran Live Coverage: Don't Mention the "Free Elections"

0740 GMT: Free Elections Watch. Far from going away, the furour over "free elections" --- fed by the Supreme Leader's Orwellian warning last week that, while Iran has had more than 80 untainted ballots in 33 years, talk of "free elections" only helped the enemy --- escalated on Sunday.

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a Tehran Friday Prayer leader, made one of the most pointed statements when he linked this June's Presidential contest to the disputed 2009 election. The cleric said that the slogan of "free elections" had burned 40 million votes from four years ago, and he declared that the leaders of "sedition"should "take the idea of victory to their graves".

It is unlikely that this will be the final word, however. Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani has raised the worries of some in the regime with his response to the Supreme Leader that it is the "Iranian people who pave the way to free elections", and he did not pull back on Sunday. Instead, he took aim at President Ahmadinejad: "People don't live on slogans. Government must provide them with an average living --- giving people cash [i.e., support payments for subsidy cuts] is of no help."

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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