by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MAY 30, 2013:
Several Iranian opposition figures have declared Iran’s upcoming June 14 presidential election illegitimate, following last week’s decision by Iran’s constitutional body to disqualify several candidates. Among the disqualified is leading opposition-backed candidate and former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Exiled Iranian dissident and Muslim scholar Mohsen Kadivar, said, in an interview, “The Green Movement as well as most reformists do NOT participate in this election. It is not a free, fair and competitive election, rather it is a selection between the loyal servants of the dictator.”
“The closest candidate to the reformists and Green Movement was disqualified by Iran’s constitutional body — the Guardian Council. Among the eight qualified candidates, six of them are fundamentalists. Two qualified reformists are weak and under the umbrella of the leader.”
Mohsen Kadivar is Visiting Research Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, an Iranian dissident in exile since 2008, and a global ethics fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison in Iran in 1999 because of his political criticism of the Islamic Republic, and was released in July 2000. He remains active in the opposition Green Movement. He is also core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. His personal website is http://en.kadivar.com.
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