Sunday, May 10, 2009

Rooz: "96% Will Vote ‘No’ to the Islamic Republic‎"

Pretty stunning if true:
Thirty years after 92 percent Iranians voted ‘yes’ for an Islamic Republic at a national referendum, ‎Mehdi Khazali, the son of the senior cleric and former member of the powerful Guardian Council ‎ayatollah Khazali, wrote in his personal blog the results of a survey that he conducted which shows ‎that 96 percent of those polled voted ‘no’ to the Islamic Republic today.‎ [...]

Khazali’s blog has been filtered out (i.e. denied access) but he did manage to post the results of this ‎poll for a week between April 6 to 13 this year under the title of "Islamic Republic: Yes or No?" ‎According to the blog, the purpose of the poll was to acquire the views of those born after the victory ‎of the Islamic revolution in 1979.‎

Based on the poll, about 4,017 people participated in the survey of which 3,889, i.e. 96.8 percent, ‎voted negatively for the Islamic Republic and only 128 people, i.e. 3.2 percent voted for it.‎ [...]
Meanwhile, IRNA has an extremely vague article about changing the election system:
Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli stressed Sunday the need for amending Iran’s elections law.

Speaking to IRNA, the minister said that the present law suffered certain shortcomings which made it necessary to approve some amendments.

"Experts of the Expediency Council are examining the present elections law independelty," Mahsouli said adding that the body was also considering an approval by the Iranian Majlis (parliament) to this end.

The council is an administrative assembly appointed by the Supreme Leader and is set up to resolve differences or conflicts between the Majlis and the Council of Guardians. [...]
Otherwise, the system leads to the most perfect enactment of the will of the people ever achieved . . .

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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