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To: piasa
In Iran today, candidates for elected office have to be vetted (approved) by the Islamic regime. The people, all people, then can vote on these candidates. Khatami wants to open this up a bit. Much like Gorbachev wanted a little change.

Also, they press has been free for a time under Khatami, but then the regime began closing down the newspapers, one by one and imprisoning their editors and writers.

BTW, in the last election, the protest movement asked the people not to vote in the election. The result being that approx 10% of eligible voters voted in the last election, in Tehran. The people voted by not voting. They consider the regime illegitimate.

27 posted on 07/03/2003 12:18:20 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 6 days until July 9th)
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To: DoctorZIn
Thanks for the info and the pings.
46 posted on 07/04/2003 11:26:54 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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