A thousand candidates, but who will be approved to run?

18 May 2005

So far approximately 1,010 candidates have registered to run for presidency in Iran - including 89 women.

100 of those registered are unemployed! But the numbers don't represent anything. As one moderate Persian newspaper (Iran) has said,

bq. "More than one thousand people have registered to run in the presidential election. The rush of these people to the election headquarters is the result weaknesses in the electoral laws and people's lack of knowledge. This is neither suitable for the Iranian nation nor is it a sign of democracy."

I was surprised to see Hooshang Amirhamdi's name on the list. Mr. Amirahamdi asked his lawyer in Iran to register his name as a candidate. See, Mr. Amirahamdi lives in the United Stated and is a professor at Rutgers University! He helped found the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis and is founder and president of the American-Iranian Council, an organization devoted to improving understanding between the United States and Iran. He has angered many opposition groups with his relentless lobbying effort to end the embargo on Iran.

Well let's see if he gets approval from the Guardian Council, you could argue he has helped the regime's interests in the United States.

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