Sunday, August 28, 2016

Iran Election Diary

Iran Presidential Candidate On Interpol List

Mohsen Rezai
Mohsen Rezai
Conservative presidential candidateMohsen Rezai,who isn't expected to poll well in the June 12 election, has been under scrutiny in the last few days.

Bloggers and Facebook-ers are circulating a link to an Interpol wanted list featuring Rezai.

He is among the Iranian officials who are wanted by Argentina for their alleged role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Rezai has denied the allegations.

Rezai has made a few rather unusual comments in recent weeks, and it isn't clear how they'll play out.

In a move to gain the support of female voters he has been promising to include women in his cabinet. He has also said that, if elected, he would put housewives on the government pay roll.

And according to the “Entekhabnews” website today, Rezai told a story about watching a football match with some clerics.

Rezai said that when Iran scored a goal and the commentator screamed “Goal!” he suggested that instead the commentator should have shouted “Allah Akbar” (God is great) several times.

The comment might have gone down well with the clerics, but with Iran's soccer-mad youth, it probably isn't the sort of thing they really warm to.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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About This Diary

Controversy continues to swirl around Iran's June 12 presidential election. Three candidates, all current or former senior officials, were looking to unseat incumbent Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who was deemed the outright winner within hours of the polls closing. RFE/RL correspondents follow the Iranian public's saga through dispatches of their own, as well as by highlighting some of the viewpoints emerging from Iran through Facebook, Twitter, and other online resources (in orange).

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