Middle East Notes and Comment: Reading Election Jitters in Iran
February 21, 2008
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, may well wish the country’s March 14th parliamentary elections would go away. Even minimally free elections for the Majles risks a de facto referendum on President Ahmedinejad’s economic policies, which are widely perceived as disastrous. Controlling the elections too tightly encourages accusations of a setup, even by Iranian standards. There may be no way to play it exactly right.