Analysis

Bolton, Ledeen, Rubin: Don’t Believe the Spin on Iran’s Elections
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casts his ballot in parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran on March 2, 2012. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
March 5, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
Ambassador John Bolton and scholars Michael Ledeen and Michael Rubin tell LIGNET that the March 2 Iranian parliamentary elections appear to have been another exercise in corruption and will result in a continuation of hardline policies to advance Iran’s nuclear program, defying the international community and threatening security in the region.

Ledeen, a freedom scholar with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, wrote before the elections that the regime in Iran was worried about the outcome and that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s son was reportedly sent to meet with Mir Hossein Mousavi — the Green Movement opposition leader under house arrest who probably defeated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the fraudulent 2009 presidential election — to strike some kind of a deal to support the outcome this year. According to Ledeen, Mousavi refused and relayed to the opposition through his children to boycott the election.

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