Sunday, January 02, 2005

Shririn Ebadi Announces Candidacy For Iranian Presidency

According IranMania Nobel Peace Prize Laureate has decided to run for president of Iran:

14 groups such as the Council in Defense of Prisoners' Rights along with independent human rights advocates are to form a coalition to back Ebadi's candidacy.

This is while according to Iran's Guardian Council, the controversial term ' Rejal' explicitly mentioned in Iran's constitution in defining the characteristics of the presidential hopefuls refers to the masculinity of the candidates. Thus it is still unknown what strategies Ebadi's supporters are to take to overcome this obstacle.

This could be an interesting development. However, will the Mullah’s really allow her to run? Is there anything the US, EU, or UN do to support her?

(Hat Tip to Judith Apter Klinghoffer)


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