With super Tuesday and all of its accompanying gore, it is easy to overlook another election with the beginnings of social and economic change: the reelections for parliament and the Assembly of Experts in Iran. Traditionally the more radical candidates have always won the day, but the 2 recent elections in Iran show a slow but hopeful move towards a more moderate Iran. Despite voter suppression and disqualification of over 100 candidates, the moderate coalition in Iran now controls the seats for the capital and holds a strong minority position in parliament. It is slow progress, but a definite sign of Iranians, particularly the middle class, alienation from the hard-liners.

Of course, with the government approving candidates who can or cannot run, many of the true reformists were barred from running, and those who did run tend to be more reserved in making change. But even given the suppression of grass-roots movements and campaigning, the fact that moderates were able to make any progress seems extremely hopeful. Iranian’s probably won’t be proclaiming a love of America or the West anytime soon. But for those who support a moderate approach and a more open Iran, there may be hope on the horizon.

 

 

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