Iran’s election: democracy or coup?

Published on openDemocracy, by , June 15, 2009.

The official result of Iran’s presidential vote is a decisive win for the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But this outcome leaves open many questions about Iran’s political future. Here, some of openDemocracy’s Iranian writers and specialists offer their first reflections.

Ramin Jahanbegloo: An illiberal election, A new chapter in the short history of Iran’s Islamic regime. – There is no light without shadow. Though the level of public engagement in the Iranian presidential election of 12 June 2009 is extraordinary, the controversial result in favour of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the vote overshadows the democratic passion of the Iranian population … 

… The result of this election s to deepen the rift within the Islamic Republic between those who believe that normal economic and political relations with the west are vital to Iran’s future and those who disdain such relations as violations of the Islamic revolution’s ideals. At moments like this, it should not be forgotten that each time democracy is intimated, silenced and postponed for another day by a show of force in a country like Iran, it is a loss of credibility for those in charge and a crisis of legitimacy for the entire political system.

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