The 2009 Iranian election results will probably not be known until the weekend, but the 2009 Iran election results will likely be the big story around the world. As Iran holds its 2009 elections, much of the Western world is likely rooting for incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be defeated by challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi. No one knows if the 2009 Iran election results will be different, or if they will even be counted fairly. But no matter who wins the 2009 Iranian elections, the impact will be heavily debated.
Already, Iran is advertising that the 2009 elections have unprecedented turnouts. Voter interest and passion is supposedly bigger than ever before in Iran, much like it was last year in America. The closest thing Iran offers to an Obama for their elections is ex-premier Mir Hossein Mousavi, who promises change in Iran’s relationship with the outside world – or as much change as he can promise.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is looking for a second four-year term as Iranian leader, after setting the world on a figurative fire in his first term – and making many claim that he wants to actually set the world, or at least Israel, on fire. Ahmadinejad is not running away in the polls against Hossein Mousavi, with some speculating that he could actually lose this time.
The preliminary results for the first round of voting in the 2009 Iranian elections could be in this weekend, though it may not decide a winner. Ahmadinejad and Hossein Mousavi need 50% of the votes to declare victory, and if neither of them has it, they have to run off again in a second round next Friday.
A second round runoff vote is how Ahmadinejad pulled off his first Iran election victory, despite claims that it wasn’t a fair vote count.
The 2009 Iran election results are being seen as a tipping point as to how Iran will deal with the West the next four years. If Ahmadinejad wins, pundits will claim that Iran is still as hard line as ever, and President Obama would be foolish to try and deal with him. If Hossein Mousavi wins, pundits will claim that Iran is changing and can be reasoned with.
Some will probably say that President Obama’s Middle East speech helped Iranian moderates win over the hard liners, like they said about the Lebanon elections. But since Iran is still primarily run by the Ayatollahs, people are still cynical about how much Iran’s leadership can really change.
The 2009 Iran election results are still regarded as a big stepping stone for whatever the future might bring, however. Even The Daily Show is on the scene to cover it, as Jason Jones is in Iran while Stephen Colbert wrapped up his USO show in Iraq.
Telegraph- “Iran election: ‘unprecedented’ turnout boosts challenge to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad” www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/5515813/Iran-election-unprecedented-turnout-boosts-challenge-to-Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad.html
NY Times- “Lebanon’s Triumph, Iran’s Travesty” www.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/opinion/12abrams.html
Comedy Central- “Jason Jones Reports From Iran” blog.indecisionforever.com/2009/06/12/jason-jones-reports-from-iran/