Iran Elections 2009 — Conservative vs Reformist
June 12, 2009 2 Comments
Is the famous revolution of Iran at stake? Voting is underway with the results awaited of the tough competition between the two major contestants of Iran’s Election 2009 — the incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former Prime Minister of Iran Mir Hossein Mousavi. Ahmadinejad is a well-known conservative — a candid leader who developed acrimonious relations with the West. On the other hand, Hossein Mousavi is a conservative reformist — a candidate who believes in having fine ties with the West, although what I’ve read is Mousavi proclaimed of maintaining Tehran’s nuclear program yet after he’s elected. The Supreme leader of Iran – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – seems to have the same views the consevative and reformist posses about nuclear technology and that’s why Iran’s Supreme Leader has never been found at odds with Iran’s safe nuclear program. Although Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is an insignificant figure in the International Media – neither he intervenes much in Iran’s politics — as long as it doesn’t become necessary.
The campaign for both the major candidates came to an end last night. But the electronic campaign I’ve noted never got a pause. The official websites of both the candidates are displaying a fervent message to boost Iranians to vote for them. Besides, the internet forums and blogs are filled with the election-mania with mixed support for both candidates.
So far, the updates I’ve received says one of the allies of Mousavi’s campaign has told reuters about the unprecedented turnout in elections, and Mousavi is leading with 58% of the votes — But Ahmadinejad’s camp has rejected this claim clamorously, saying it’s a Psychological war the opposition camp is playing.
While in a mixture of a lot of updates on Iran’s elections, I’ve read this one news which says Mousavi has pledged to talk with US about various issues concerning Iran – internally and internationally.
Interesting thing is that both the major candidates are alleging each other of rigging the polls.
The Revolutionary Guards — a part of Iran’s military founded soon after Iran’s revolution who’s one of the pillars of the Islamic establishment and controls large military forces as well as a nationwide network of militia volunteers — is being alleged of rigging the polls in favor of Ahmadinejad, whereas the areas where Mousavi has a stronghold – has been alleged of rigging the polls. There has been no authentic news so far – just the usual verbal claims.
A sharp message from the chief of Revolutionary Guard has been issued to Mousavi that Revolutionary Guards wouldn’t tolerate any post-election political force under a banner of Mousavi’s “green movement” — which also is a signature color of Mosauvi’s political campaign.
Basij — which is the largest student union in Iran and also volunteers Iran’s paramilitary force — seems to be supporting Ahmadinejad this time as well. In the past, Basij played a major role in the campaign of the incumbent president which lead him to his victory in elections.
While Ahmadinejad seems to have a massive support of Basij and Revolutionary Guards — the reformist Mousavi does also have a good strength of youths who sought to have better ties with the West in all these years — Pro-USA. A lot of youths fervently oppose Iran’s incumbent President — accused the president of undermining Iran’s international standing with his confrontational style and of devastating the economy.
In this more and more tight race of election, let’s see who’s going to be the future President of Iran.
The question to raise in all this warmth amongst Iranians during election is: If a reformist is going to win election, can he revert the revolution of Iran? Or in other words, is a reformist President a threat to Iran’s popular revolution by being tilting more towards West? Or we can also rephrase this question in other way that what would be the role of Iran’s Supreme Leader in case a reformist President is elected?