Just after Iran’s rigged elections last week, with hundreds of thousands of protesters taking to the streets, it looked as if a new revolution was in the offing. Five days later, the uprising is little more than a symbolic protest, crushed by the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Meanwhile, the real revolution has gone unnoticed: the guard has effected a silent coup d’état.
Militant Attacks & Targets
Elections in the Islamic Republic are neither fair nor free, but unlike Iraq under Saddam Hussein the Iranian leadership usually manages to manipulate the elections in a very sophisticated and elegant way in an attempt to portray itself as an Islamic democracy. The 2009 presidential election however was not an exercise in sophistication and elegance.
We provide here historical data on the Iranian election, including the below election night updates and continuous campaign news coverage. In this section, we also have data on:
The Islamic Republic of Iran will hold its 10th presidential election on June 12, 2009. On May 21, the Guardian Council will select the candidates allowed to run for office, leaving three weeks for candidates to campaign.
IranTracker provides a summary of the most important debate in the Iranian election, and provides here a transcript of the debate.