05 Feb 2011

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Kelly Niknejad, Host:

Iran held its tenth presidential election on June 12, 2009. From the outset, it seemed like it would be a watershed moment for the Islamic Republic. As Tehran Bureau political analyst Muhammad Sahimi wrote for us three months before,

The significance of the upcoming elections cannot be over-emphasized. At no time in the past 100 years has Iran faced as many problems and crises as it is grappling with now…. No other election in Iran has held such importance in the contrasting and fundamentally different views it represents in the path Iran should take domestically, as well as internationally.

“One side espouses a fundamentalist, confrontational approach to both domestic and international problems. Internally, it wants to suppress all the dissidents, even among its own ranks, and silence any voice of moderation. Internationally, it advocates an aggressive and uncompromising approach. In contrast, the opposite camp favors an open society at home, which can move on a democratic path, albeit slowly, while advocating a rational and sober diplomatic approach to the international problems that Iran is facing.

Therefore, no election in Iran has ever been so polarized.