Reform activist: Political freedom was no concern in Iranian presidential elections

Young journalists club

News ID: 1478
Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 15:28 - 26 June 2013
Tehran, YJC. Activist believes that political freedom played a far smaller role in the recent Iranian presidential election than economic and foreign policy concerns.

Mashaallah Shamsolvaezin, a Reform activist and journalist, said "Of 10 I will give 6 points to economic demands. I will give 3 points to demands for change in foreign policy, that is, the elimination of the sanctions and driving Iran out of its current isolation. I will give 1 point to demands for ‘political freedom.’”

He added "This election was unique in that most voters did not have clear political demands from their winning candidate. That means that this year’s election was not like those of 2009 or May 22, 1977. In this election few people were concerned with political freedom.”

"We wanted a President who would solve economic problems, to the hell with political freedom! Political freedom is usually demanded in societies where you have acquired 5 out of ten of your life’s needs, that is, you should have a healthy livelihood. The Prophet also said ‘One with no livelihood will not have a resurrection either’,” Shamsolvaezin stated.

He asserted "When people’s money is depreciated to a third, political freedom no doubt will not be their number one concern.”

With this in mind, Shamsolvaezin believed that Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei would not have won the elections because people considered the Ahmadinejad administration responsible for their livelihood difficulties.

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