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Iran's Elections Don't Change Much
Jill Marie Parillo
June 12, 2009
Looks like incumbent President Ahmadinejad is going to be called the winner of Iran's Presidential race. Ahmadinejad must win over 50% of the votes to declare victory in this first round. If not, he will have to run a second time against reformist candidate Mousavi. Mousavi will have a greater chance to win if there is a second round.
Even if Ahmadinejad wins, Iran will likely change for the good, since thousands of people voiced their support for the reformist candidate. As this picture (by AP) depicts, men and women took to the streets this past week in green to show their support for Mousavi.
President Ahmadinejad has learned a lot over the past few years and will likely be more diplomatic in the years to come. Any positive change in U.S.-Iranian relations that will lead to resolution of the nuclear issues will take years of sustained diplomacy. An election of Ahmadinejad or Mousavi will not greatly change the hard work we have ahead.