Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, November 10, 2011

How can we have fun if parties are banned?

Is this really news? Reformists exiled, jailed, or executed. Are there any members of reformist parties?

Iran bans three reformist parties from participating in upcoming polls
Iran’s election office has banned three reformist parties from taking part in the upcoming legislative polls…

The Islamic Participation Front, Islamic Revolution Mujahideen Organization and Freedom Movement of Iran allegedly do not have the licenses required to run for parliament…

An Iranian court had banned the Islamic Participation Front and the Islamic Revolution Mujahideen Organizationafter they protested the controversial results of the 2009 presidential elections.

Before the court had issued its ruling against the parties, many of their leaders had been detained or imprisoned…

Moussa Sharifi, a writer and political analyst of Iranian affairs, said that Iran does not have a political spectrum with diverse political parties. He said that prominent opposition parties have been banned since 1980s, such as the leftist Tudeh Party of Iran, the nationalist National Front and the People's Mujahedin of Iran.

Sharifi, added that the regime in Tehran reportedly executed 120,000 political dissidents…

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