Senior Iranian cleric calls for revision of election laws

Full story: Chicago Tribune
Reporting from Beirut - A senior Iranian cleric called today for a revision of election laws to fix "shortcomings" that he said contributed to the nation's worst political crisis since the first years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Read more
sowhat

Northbrook, IL

#1 Jul 10, 2009
I'm sure Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani can look to Ayatollahs Richard and Bill Daley to take care of their election mess. All three look at elections in the same way.
levelheaded

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jul 10, 2009

Are the Iranians satisfied with the Mullah and Mullahcracy. May be. I don't know.

Both my parents are Indian and Hindu; I am an evolutionist. I live in USA.

The Iranians will get their rights when they fight for it. The Iranians should learn a lesson from South Koreans and Filipinos. Both South Koreans and Filipinos got their rights after they fought for it. The Iranians can also take a lesson from Mahatma Gandhi and use civil disobedience and people power.

It is important to note that South Korean students in the 1970's and 1980's have protested repeatedly against the South Korean government. Constant protests from the youth of South Korea resulted in the democratization of South Korea. The South Koreans fought for their rights and got their rights.

In the Philippines, the Filipino people protested and finally ousted the Marcos regime in the Philippines. Again, the Filipinos fought for their rights and got their rights.

Similarly, the Iranian struggle will be done by the Iranians, not others. Iranians will get their rights when they fight for it.

I am surprised to find out that in the current Iranian electoral system, not everybody can stand for elections. That is, those candidates who get the permission of the Supreme Authority can stand for elections. That is, if you do not get the permission of the Supreme Authority, then you cannot stand for elections. The so called Supreme Authority vet all political candidates; and thus it curtails the right of citizens to participate in the political process. It is certainly not a democratic system. It is a rather strange and ridiculous electoral system.

As far as I know the Supreme Authority in USA is the American people. The Supreme Authority in Germany is the German people. The Supreme Authority in South Korea is the Korean people. But in Iran they have an exclusive club called the Supreme Authority; the Supreme Authority is an unaccountable body which probably could act with impunity. The Iranians have actually submitted to the Supreme Authority which can act with impunity. I feel that it is indeed the fault of the Iranian people to continue to submit to the so called Supreme Authority. The Iranians have got only themselves to blame if they continue to submit to the Supreme Authority.

Again, this is an Iranian problem. The Iranians will get their rights when the Iranians fight for it. I think that the Supreme Authority in Iran should be the Iranian people. Anyway, it is for the Iranian people to decide the future of Iran. I wish them luck. The Iranians will get their rights after they fight for it.

May be the Mullah and Mullahcracy is what the Iranians like. We do not know what the Iranians like or dislike. If the Iranians like the Mullahcracy, then they should be satisfied.

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