[...] An analysis of those seeking the candidacy reveals the narrowing appeal of the exercise.
Four years ago, applicants came from broad sections of society.
This time, the overwhelming majority come from the security services, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and the network of mullahs appointed by “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei as “Friday Prayer Leaders”. Technocrats working for companies controlled by the IRGC are also present in significant numbers. [...]
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Amir Taheri on upcoming Iranian elections
Iran has been dismantling the pseudo-democracy and becoming a more straightforward dictatorship: