Iran has an Election but is it Democracy?

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Even before voters went to the polls in Iran today, President Bush denounced the election as undemocratic. Religious leaders allowed just 8 of 1000 candidates to run for President. One has withdrawn and there are no women included. Millions of voters are said to be apathetic after a popular reformer failed to make change during eight years in office. With half of Iran-s population under 25, have young people turned out in large numbers? Will reforms promised by leading candidates have any chance of success? What about nuclear development and relations with the United States? We update today-s voting with journalists from the West and Middle East, and Iran's first ambassador to the United Nations.
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