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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Iran elections Friday

There're some anecdotals that might say the Iranian election Friday my be much more competitive than first thought.

Indications seem to be that (WSJ) moderate challenger Mousavi seems to be picking up late momentum. A Newsweek reporter (bottom of page) claims to have gotten his hands on a "secret(?)" government poll showing Mousavi beating Ahmadinejad, and (CSMonitor) Mousavi seems to be getting some street momentum.

(And an interesting FP piece highlighting that the growing public spectacle of Mousavi's daily appearances is fuelled by the urban Iranian youth.)

I don't know how it'll turn out as the Clerics still control so much and the urban is so much more visible than the rural, but Ahmadinejad seems to have found himself facing an opponent riding a populist wave, so... we'll watch on Friday.


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