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Iran’s political theatre

Who will replace Ahmadinejad?

By Ali Ansari   June 2013

The Iranian presidential election, scheduled for 14th June, is a stage onto which regime loyalists and opposition groups are jostling to clamber—for different reasons. Loyalists are anxious to put behind them memories of the 2009 presidential elections, which brought thousands out onto the streets, wearing green armbands and waving green banners, protesting that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had “stolen” the result.

They intend to show the world—and reassure themselves—that they are in control, and that the political system is intact. Opposition groups want to show the opposite. The election is therefore far more than a means of electing President Ahmadinejad’s successor.…

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