12 Jun 2013 – Excluded from participating in Friday’s presidential elections, and with their leaders under house arrest, supporters of Iran’s reformist Green Movement might be forgiven for boycotting the elections.
Hassan Rowhani is fast becoming the candidate the movement was not allowed to put up. He is pulling large crowds wherever he goes, speaking the language of reform, promising to free political prisoners, guarantee civil rights and promising to return “dignity to the nation”.
Between now and Friday, the supporters of the Green Movement, as well as the other reformists and moderate Islamists will have to consider joining forces at voting queues. And will their votes actually be counted at least?
Many people believe the hardliners will never allow anyone other than their own man to become the president – even if that means engineering a victory and risking mass street protests again…