» 02/21/2008, 00.00
Ayatollah Montazeri blasts the lack of freedom in Iran
In a country where election races are controlled by the establishment, executions are continually increasing, and the freedom of the press and of assembly are violated on a daily basis, the voice of the 85 year-old ayatollah rings out in protest. He is one of the leaders of the Islamic theocracy, and one of the "fathers" of modern Iran.
Ali Khamenei: No foreign power behind the protests in Tehran
The Supreme Leader of Iran rules out that Western governments were behind the demonstrations. He confirms that there is "no evidence" but adds that the mass demonstrations were planned in advance. The ayatollah has distanced himself from the hard line promoted by conservatives and President Ahmadinejad.
Ayatollah Jannti says "voting is like praying"
Polls open in Iran, Khamenei asks people to vote
The conservatives are divided and are likely to steal votes from one another. Moderates and reformers united around Hassan Rohani hope for a run off on 21 June. The Supreme Leader: "The votes needed to give Ahmadinejad’s successor the strength to fight the enemies of our Republic."
Voter turn out in Iranian elections well above expectations
Polling has been extended to cope with the stream of voters indicating a return of young people in election participation. It is similar to 1979, when the “reformist” Khatami swept to power beating the Supreme Guide’s candidate. Even the ayatollahs appear divided.
Mohammad Khatami to run in presidential elections against Ahmadinejad
He is the most open of the Islamic leaders, author of “dialogue between civilisations” and for greater freedom for women. The disastrous economic conditions of the country could favour him. Negative elements include: the social power of the ayatollah and the disillusionment of his old allies over his indecisiveness over reforms during his last mandate.
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