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Current Event Cat of the Day: Iran Election

Current Event Cat - Iranians Vote

It’s an exciting day in Iran as millions of voters across the country cast their votes for a new president to replace outgoing leader Mahmoud Ahmadinecat Ahmadinejad.

Six presidential candidates (all of them conservatives) are seeking to replace Ahmadinejad, who leaves behind an eight-year legacy of economic turmoil and Western sanctions against Iran.

Among the first to cast their ballot was Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader. Never one to back away from a chance to insult the United States, he took the opportunity to denounce America’s ‘attempt to undermine’ the elections:

“The enemies have made strenuous attempts to prevent people from coming to the polling stations through creating disappointment and pessimism,” the ayatollah said as the voting began.

To hell with you if you do not believe in our election. If the Iranian nation had to wait for you to see what you believe in and what you do not, then the Iranian nation would have lagged behind.”

Khamenei urged all 50 million eligible voters to cast their ballot but did not publicly back any one candidate. Each of the six candidates are conservatives who are close to the supreme leader and each have been vetted by the conservative Guardian Council – so you can’t go wrong! But the front-runners are thought to be Mayor Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf of Tehran, the nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, and a cleric, Hassan Rowhani, who is slightly more reformist than the rest. Rowhani has been speaking out lately about re-engaging the west and promoting more freedom and rights for women.

Polling stations are expected to close about 7 p.m but don’t get too excited – if no candidate secures 50.1% or more of the vote a second round will be held in a week’s time.

Via: Current Event Cats & The New York Times

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