Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
REUTERS | Iranian protesters demand that Khamenei quit over plane downing, 2 HR ago
no link
REUTERS | Iranian semi-official news agency reports anti-government protests, 1 HR ago
no link
REUTERS | Iran's handling of plane disaster sparks new challenge to rulers, 1 HR ago
Amid mounting public fury and international criticism, the belated admission of blame by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards has squandered the national unity seen after the killing of the country's most influential commander in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on Jan. 3 [4 GMT]
That mood bodes ill for a parliamentary election in February, when Iran's rulers typically seek a high turnout to show their legitimacy even if the outcome will not change any major policy.
Video clips on Twitter showed protesters in Tehran on Saturday chanting "Death to the dictator," a reference to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Reuters could not independently verify the footage.
"This tragedy will not be forgotten nor is it easy to overcome for the population under sanctions and pressure not just from abroad but also from the state," said Sanam Vakil, Senior Research Fellow at Middle East and North Africa Program, Chatham House [UK]. "This incident is a stark reminder of the gaping lack of governance," said Vakil.
Alongside the parliamentary vote, the elections on Feb. 21 will also choose members of the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that in future will be responsible for selecting a successor to 80-year-old Khamenei.
FARS | Iranian Speaker Asks for Identification of Those Guilty in Ukrainian Plane Incident
Supreme Leader Orders Armed Forces to Seriously Deal with Faults, Flaws
PRESSTV | Ukraine's president wants Iran to 'punish' those responsible for plane crash
by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 07:17:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Others have rated this comment as follows:


Occasional Series