Working for the people; Candidacy cosmetics

10 June 2005

If there is one thing you may find in the plans of presidential candidates regardless of their political perceptions is the claim of working for the people. This is heard repetitively in TV shows from the candidates themselves or their supporters that they shall work passionately to solve problems faced by people. The focus is on the economy to win the vote of the low and middle class and the candidates of the right wing are focusing almost completely on economic issues, for which they claim having brand new practical theories. Many believe that Iran's corrupted economy is too ill for such cure and are concerned with the fact that the candidates are coming from within the Islamic republic's circle of trust; can we expect a real change?

For the sake of comparison it's good to look back to eight years ago when president Khatami was on the hard seat of debate and his emphasis on social and political demands made many of the Iranians to gaze to monitors and inspired them to vote. Among the current candidates, only Dr. Moeen is translating back that message. Will there be as many listeners?

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