After much fuss and muss, the “Irani govt. finally admitted to election fraud”:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/world/middleeast/23iran.html?_r=1&ref=global-home&pagewanted=all:
bq. Iran’s most powerful oversight council announced on Monday that the number of votes recorded in 50 cities exceeded the number of eligible voters there by three million, further tarnishing a presidential election that has set off the most sustained challenge to Iran’s leadership in 30 years.
The interesting part about the whole protesting the elections bit is how little the country actually listens or even respects their leaders. “Khomeni”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khomeni must be turning over in his grave.
p. In other news, just to show how out of touch he’s with reality (he’s busy communicating directly with God, after all), Khamenei once again played chicken with reality:
bq.. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, said that Mr. Ahmadinejad’s margin of victory was so great — 11 million votes — that there could be no doubt it was legitimate. He never addressed any of the specific charges of fraud.
“Sometimes the difference is 100,000, 500,000 or even 1 million,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in his speech to the nation during Friday Prayer. *”In that case, one could say that there might have been vote-rigging. But how can they rig 11 million votes?”*
p. There are only two possible options here: He doesn’t know his own government rigged the elections, or he’s lying. Either means he’s damned incompetent, or if both are true, he’s incompetent and a liar. Whats even more interesting is the lag time between reality happening and when Khomeni starts to see it.
The other interesting news is, which Pakistani politicians are probably taking note of is, that these days you need to hire a behaviorial economist and probably a mathematician as well before rigging elections. A number of people had looked at the election numbers and concluded that they looked “statistically improbable and consistent with numbers generated by human beings, not a poll”:http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/06/karroubis-unlucky-7s.html.
For a supposedly religious country, formerly part of the “Axis of Evil”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axis_of_evil, it seems like the man on the street couldn’t give a hoot about their religious leaders. A bit like Pakistan, where despite all the seemingly Islamic nature of the country no one votes for the Islamic parties. Given a real election in Iran, minus the “guidance” of it’s Supreme Religious Council aka the real rulers, it seems they would end up installing a somewhat secular govt as well (with the usual fake religious trappings).
* “The oppositions statement”:http://iranfacts.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-translation-of-mousavis-latest.html