Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mousavi Enters Iranian Presidential Race

I am still suffering from election fatigue following the US elections, but the upcoming summer elections in Iran are getting too exciting to ignore. Former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi has confirmed that he will enter the race for the presidency. While I am looking forward to watching how his rivals will react, I am especially interested in seeing how the English-language, non-Iranian press/pundits/Iran "experts" will deal with Mousavi, as he defies many of the rigid categories ("reformist", "conservative", etc)that are most often used in talking about Iran. The relative silence so far may be an indication of how confused and caught off guard they all are, but it may be too soon to tell. All things elections will likely pick up after the upcoming Iranian New Year holiday, so much of the interesting political maneuverings are still to come. Stay tuned!