Moderates were elected in Iran's Election last week

  • metta

    Posts: 44720

    Mar 06, 2016 7:18 PM GMT
    I don't think this has been mentioned much in US media but Iran elected moderates in their election last week.

    Iran's Rouhani 'very pleased' moderate MPs elected
  • roadbikeRob

    Posts: 18409

    Mar 06, 2016 11:33 PM GMT
    Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era of more freedom for the Iranian people and the unraveling of the theocratic dictatorship that has held Iran in the dark ages.
  • jeepguySD

    Posts: 689

    Mar 09, 2016 12:59 AM GMT
    "Moderate" is a subjective term in Iran. All candidates in Iran had to be approved first by the revolutionary council. Moderates, in an absolute sense, were banned from running for office.

    From the New York Times:

    ...[so] many candidates had been eliminated by a conservative vetting council that it was hard to know what faction some of the winners identified with. There are no political parties in Iran, and the candidates all run in loose coalitions along a relatively narrow political spectrum. There is no opposition to speak of, and the range of views was sharply curtailed when the reform movement was crushed after protesting what it called the fraudulent results of the 2009 election.

    But it seemed clear that Iran’s ailing hard-line faction, having used every weapon in its arsenal against the moderate supporters of the Rouhani government, had come up short. In addition to the disqualification of thousands of candidates, street campaigning was kept to a minimum, and grass-roots activists were detained and intimidated