Monday, June 20, 2005

So, not only did Iran's theocrats permit only 8 of 1014 presidential candidates to run (for a presidency whose decisions can be overruled by said theocrats), but now it looks like they've rigged the ballot counting too:
Initially, the Interior Ministry had Mr. Rafsanjani first, Mr. Karroubi, the former speaker of the Parliament, in second, and Mr. Ahmadinejad third. Half an hour later the Guardian Council, which is not supposed to be involved in counting ballots, said Mr. Ahmadinejad was in first place.
Update: See also Michael Ledeen's interesting take.

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