Will Iran Turn Green In 2013?


At Tehran Bureau, Alireza Nader writes that that 2013 Iranian election "may be more tightly scripted than any earlier presidential race to prevent serious debates or competition." Mark Katz agrees:

If indeed the only candidates allowed to run for president are just those few approved by the regime, the Iranian public may come to regard the entire presidential election process as illegitimate. With the downfall of long-ruling leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen (and possibly Syria by mid-2013) providing role models for what popular uprisings can accomplish, the Iranian public may launch a more concerted effort in response to what it regards as an illegitimate presidential election outcome in 2013 than it did in 2009.

Here's hoping – as long as we don't push the opposition into the regime's hands by a new war.

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