The results are in. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the process was “clean and healthy”. Iranian authorities have approved the result. A record turnout in an election would usually point to a vibrant democracy.
So why can’t the West accept that Ahmadinejad won?
This bloggeris just one example of scepticism about the results.outlets — who apparently didn’t see this coming – are talking about a threat to reform. And protests against the result are making headlines around the world.
But others are wondering whether there’s something else at play here. Calum Robertson in New Zealand wrote to the BBC –
“In the west there’s a natural dislike of the incumbent president and hope for change, but it’s the election result rather than western wishes that should dictate the outcome.I’ve heard BBC, CNN and other journalists and “experts” comment on the results don’t feel right – but what actual evidence exists either way? Iran has an electoral commission who approved the result.”
Does Calum have a point?