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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Iranian MPs end sit-in 

From the BBC.

Iranian reformist MPs have called off a mass parliamentary protest but vowed to continue fighting an election ban.

More than 80 members of the outgoing parliament had staged a sit-in for 26 days to express anger at a ban on more than 2,000 would-be candidates.

The deputies, most of whom have been disqualified by conservative vetters, said they would now boycott the polls.
The end of the sit-in represents a realization among the reformers that they're not going to get their candidates reinstated. The boycott shows that they believe the election will go on regardless. What remains to be seen is the popular response to the election if it is allowed to be held without the reformist candidates.

This could get explosive... Why am I getting most of my news about this from overseas sources? Where is the American press on this? For that matter, where are Foggy Bottom and the White House?
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