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Comedy: Iran Election Results
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 19, 2021 09:05AM
Raisi dominated the election only after a panel under the watch of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei disqualified his strongest competition.
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Ebrahim Raisi, ultra-conservative judiciary chief, wins Iran's presidential vote amid historically low turnout
[www.cnn.com]

Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judiciary chief with a brutal human rights record, will be the next president of Iran following his win in an uncompetitive election that most of the country sat out.
Raisi, who has long opposed engagement with the West and is a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sailed to victory in a poll that saw all of his serious rivals barred in the runup to the race.
The 60-year-old won almost 18 million of the nearly 29 million ballots cast, Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli announced Saturday. But many reform-minded Iranians refused to take part in an election widely seen as a foregone conclusion. Overall voter turnout was 48.8% -- the lowest since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

Many activists accused Iran's clerical establishment of "selecting" rather than electing the next president in a poll designed to further entrench the power of the country's hardline clerical rulers, despite the public's calls for reforms.

The historically low turnout came despite numerous pleas from Khamenei urging people to vote. On Friday, he warned that low turnout would "increase the pressure of the enemies."
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Re: Comedy: Iran Election Results
Posted by: pdq
Date: June 19, 2021 08:16PM
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Steve G.
Overall voter turnout was 48.8% -- the lowest since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

Oddly enough, in 2016, two US states had even lower turnout than that: Utah (46.4%) and Hawaii (42.4%).

I suppose those were additional examples where the (state) outcome was so certain that people couldn’t be bothered to vote.

dunno smiley
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Re: Comedy: Iran Election Results
Posted by: Don C
Date: June 19, 2021 09:04PM
I have to admit that it is sometimes hard to go vote knowing that my vote will be swamped by people with whom I disagree, so I understand the sentiment.

FWIW: I DO vote so that at least there is a count for "my people" but knowing that I won't sway the outcome makes it a matter of principal over hope.
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Re: Comedy: Iran Election Results
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 20, 2021 08:31AM
Their turnout was very, very low because a number of them felt that their votes wouldn't be counted or wouldn't matter. On the flip side, you had a bunch who somehow thought that Raisi will be able to turn around their economy. [abcnews.go.com] (check out the young lovelies at 0:40...)




Freya says, 'Hello from NOLA, baby!' (Laissez bon temps rouler!)
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Re: Comedy: Iran Election Results
Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 20, 2021 01:27PM
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pdq
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Steve G.
Overall voter turnout was 48.8% -- the lowest since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

Oddly enough, in 2016, two US states had even lower turnout than that: Utah (46.4%) and Hawaii (42.4%).

I suppose those were additional examples where the (state) outcome was so certain that people couldn’t be bothered to vote.

dunno smiley

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Don C
I have to admit that it is sometimes hard to go vote knowing that my vote will be swamped by people with whom I disagree, so I understand the sentiment.

FWIW: I DO vote so that at least there is a count for "my people" but knowing that I won't sway the outcome makes it a matter of principal over hope.

In 2016, we weren't thrilled with any of the choices at the top of the ticket, and here in Cali it wasn't gonna make a difference anyway, so for the first time in our voting-eligible careers, we protested by not voting for a #45. In retrospect, I now wish we had written in votes for Pat Paulsen....


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Re: Comedy: Iran Election Results
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 20, 2021 04:50PM
Iran could turn around its economy in 24 hours if it dropped the nuclear push and just sold oil. It can use that to arm itself to the teeth with conventional weapons and fund regional destabilization by proxy. That's how Saudi Arabia does it. Drop the nukes, and the West would drop sanctions, buy the oil, congratulate itself and wander off.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/20/2021 04:50PM by Acer.
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