Sunday, July 05, 2009

Iran Election Invalid Qum Clerics Declare

Cracks in the Iranian body politik keeps gettin bigger. A group of Shi'ite clerics from the Assembly of Qum Seminary have declared invalid the presidential vote last month. The reelection of Ahmadinijad has provoked demonstrations and strikes by opposition groups while spurring violent and deadly reprisal attacks by government supporters.

From Reuters:

A pro-reform Iranian clerical group said on Sunday the outcome of last month's presidential vote was "invalid," even though Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has upheld the result.

In a sign of a deepening rift among Shi'ite clerics, the Assembly of Qom Seminary Scholars and Researchers also called for the release of Iranians arrested in protests after the hardline president was declared winner of the June 12 vote.

"Other candidates' complaints and strong evidence of vote-rigging were ignored ... peaceful protests by Iranians were violently oppressed ... dozens of Iranians were killed and hundreds were illegally arrested," said a statement published on the Assembly's website. "The outcome is invalid."

Qom is Iran's center of Shi'ite learning, about 80 miles south of Tehran. The assembly has little political influence but its statement is a significant act of defiance since Qom is the power base of the clerical establishment.

These clerics may be powerless, but they must also be a pain in the neck for their bosses on the Supreme Council.

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dcat said...

Islam law is a pain in the ass!

Indigo Red said...

That's for damn sure!

Daniel said...

According to The Daily Star, "...the authority of the rahbar goes against the traditional system through which Shiite society chooses its leader." (from a video at about the power struggle)

So it may be more about the system itself as opposed to being about Ahmadinejad specifically.

Indigo Red said...

I tend to agree, Daniel. Most nations and countries are beyond the point when Charles de Gaulle could say, "I am France" and be taken seriously. The "system", at its basic level, is pretty much the same wherever governments are formed, so with or w/out Ahmadinejad, or Kim, or Chavez, or Obama the system will be at the core of people's concern. Something of government by franchise like McDonald's or al-Qaida.