Exiled Crown Prince campaigns to bring 'Arab Spring' to Iran
telegraph.co.uk / Damien McElroy, and Ahmad Vahdat
02-Mar-2012 (2 comments)

Irans's exiled Crown Prince has launched a campaign to rally political exiles behind an 'Arab Spring'-style demand for free elections and a new constitution.


Reza Pahlavi, the son and heir to the last Shah, wants to revive the opposition by uniting critics of the regime behind a common platform. He sees Friday’s elections for the Iranian Majlis, or parliament, as an opportunity.

Calls for a boycott are circulating widely inside the country and activists hope to push the turnout to a record low.

There have also been warnings from hardliners that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was prepared to use the interior ministry to rig the ballot boxes.

“I believe we can find unanimity among a diverse group of forces for the elimination of a system in which the regime tries everything to claim legitimacy,” the prince said.


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by Azarbanoo on

Persian Spring is more appropraite.

Darius Kadivar

Damien McElroy & Ahmad Vahdat could have chosen "Persian Spring"

by Darius Kadivar on

Even if the analogy with the 'Arab Spring' is understandable but  Damien McElroy, and Ahmad Vahdat ( who is Iranian and has less of an excuse) could have chosen a more subtle title like "Persian Spring" all the more that Nowrooz is nearby ...



RP 2 is Not responsible for the clumsy title given by the Journalists