Rural Iran and Election Fraud

by Debra Kozikowski

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Dr. Eric Hooglund is a professor of politics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and one of the world’s foremost experts on Iran.  His recent report on rural Iranians who questioned their country’s election results appeared this week in Harvard’s Nieman Reports:

When news spread on Saturday (June 13) morning that Ahmadinejad had won more than 60 percent of the vote cast the day before, the residents were in shock. The week before the vote had witnessed the most intense campaigning in the village’s history, and it became evident that support for Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s candidacy was overwhelming. Supporters of Ahmadinejad were even booed and mocked when they attempted rallies and had to endure scolding lectures from relatives at family gatherings. “No one would dare vote for that hypocrite,” insisted Mrs. Ehsani, an elected member of the village council.

Read Iran’s Rural Vote and Election Fraud by Eric Hooglund in its entirety.

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One Response to “Rural Iran and Election Fraud”

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