Christiane Amanpour
Christiane Amanpour on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Chances for Re-Election in Iran


In this analysis of the 2009 Iranian Election, Christiane Amanpour, a correspondent for CNN, discusses the favorability of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s candidacy because of his campaigning efforts. Amanpour describes how Ahmadinejad had overwhelming support because he traveled around Iran to rural areas among the poor populations in the country. As a result of Ahmadinejad’s popularity with the voters, Amanpour reports that there would be no real fear of cheating or rigging. However, the election did encounter some fraud charges and protests for reform because the “clerical elite” had the power to contest the election. Amanpour described that even though the opposition threatens Ahmadinejad’s re-election, Ahmadinejad is supported by his Iranian people to serve a second term as president.

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