Sayeh Hassan in the National Post-Re: Iranian [s]Elections:
Mr. Rowhani “may be a moderate, but that is moderate within the Islamic Regime. He was one of the only eight people out of 600-plus who were allowed to run for presidency and approved by Khamenei and the Guardian Council,” said Sayeh Hassan, a Toronto lawyer who fled Iran 25 years ago, and is a pro-democracy activist against the regime.
“They were essentially hand-picked,” she said. “The regime is weak and facing so much pressure, and has lost of most its legitimacy at home and abroad. It needed a high voter turn out and it needs someone moderate to engage the west and stop some of the pressure on Iran. So enters Rowhani… This is not a victory.”
“We may see some small but non fundamental changes, maybe lesser strict rules on the dress code and maybe women will be able to have nail polish on their hands without being arrested, but there will be no change in the real issues and real oppression,” Ms. Hassan said.