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Apr 30, 2007 1:57 pm

Iran May Be Turning To Its Own

From The Guardian 30 April 2007 ‘Inside the struggle for Iran’:

A grand coalition of anti-government forces is planning a second Iranian revolution via the ballot box to deny President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad another term in office and break the grip of what they call the ‘militia state’ on public life and personal freedom.

Encouraged by recent successes in local elections, opposition factions, democracy activists, and pro-reform clerics say they will bring together progressive parties loyal to former president Mohammad Khatami with so-called pragmatic conservatives led by Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani. [….]

Parliament last week voted to curtail Mr Ahmadinejad's term by holding presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously next year.
A liberalising forward movement? There’s a great deal more to Islam, particularly in the early 21st century, than ranting uneducated ‘mullahs’ (‘religious’ preachers.) In educated Muslim opinion, the kinds of socio-‘religious’ restrictions that officials currently enforce in Iran & elsewhere, are regarded disparagingly as backward ‘tribal-Arab’ customs. Especially in Iran, with its Persian heritage.

The whole article is well worth reading.

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