Iranians are voting in their parliamentary elections right now in a contest that the moderate Green Movement has boycotted over the house arrest of many of the movement’s leaders – leaving the contest between hardliners and even-more-hardliners. After I recently admitted my ignorance as to what was really going on in these elections, Cheryl Rofer and JPD came through with some great backgrounders, which you can read here, here, here and here. As I read it, low turnouts or obviously made-up high official voting figures may well spark a new round of protests but in any case infighting between the various conservative factions will intensify in the run-up to next year’s presidential alection. All of this, of course, will affect how Iran deals with the West and thus the likelihood that the pro-Israel drive for war will succeed in its aim. I’m hoping Cheryl or JPD will be able to give us some analysis when the results are announced.
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