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Would these candidates represent the young Iranians?

By Mahtab Farid, From Washington to Tehran

Iranian Elections will be in June 12, 2009. The Interior Ministry of Iran announced on Wednesday , May 20, 2009 that Guardian Council has approved four presidential candidates for the upcoming Iranian June 12, 2009 elections.

Unlike American voters who had almost two years to follow their candidates and their platforms, Iranians only have less than a month to think about their candidates who are selected by the Iranian government.

The candidates are:

  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, current Iranian president who is seeking a second term
  • Mohsen Rezaii, former Revolutionary Guard's chief from 1981- 1997, currently he is the Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council
  • Mehdi Karroubi, former speaker of parliament
  • Mir Hossein Mousavi, former Prime Minister during Iran Iraq war

According to a blogger who writes in ( a lot of young Iranians are planning to vote for Mir Hossein Mousavi because of his reformist ideas. "It is choosing between bad and worse." The presidential candidates in Iran are not elected by the people; they are approved through the Guardian of Council. This government entity is in charge of interpreting the Iranian constitution which is based on Islamic laws.

A young Iranian woman

It will be interesting to see how the Obama's administration will deal with Iran after the Iranian presidential elections. During the past four years of his presidency, Mahmoud Ahamadinejad, had asked for the elimination of Israel and made it very clear to the international community that his government is not going to stop enriching uranium.

Another presidential candidate, Mohsen Rezaii, has been a chief of Iranian Revolutionary Guard. In 2007, seventy six U.S. senators voted to designate "Revolutionary Guard" as a terrorist organization. Secretary Clinton was among those who voted for the bill and defended her decision during the campaign. She said, "gives us the options to be able to impose sanctions on the primary leaders to try to begin to put some teeth into all this talk about dealing with Iran." According to the U.S. State Department, Iran is one of the leading state sponsors of terrorism.

Mahtab Farid Mahtab Farid is an award winning international reporter, founder of US Iran NEWS and an expert in reporting US Iran relations.

US Iran News (USI NEWS) is a specialized news service in Washington, DC providing reports and interviews for numerous Farsi speaking outlets from abroad to Iran.

Even though Obama's administration has been reaching out diplomatically to Iran but the sanctions against Iran that have been renewed since 1995 has been once again renewed by President Obama.

The question remains would the next Iranian president represent the young Iranians who make up the majority of the country? It seems that neither Washington nor Tehran is discussing what the young Iranians want.

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