This June Iranians will vote for president -- and a professor from Rutgers University in New Jersey is throwing his hat in the ring. Hooshang Amirahmadi is speaking at UC Berkeley at 6:30 p.m. Friday (March 8) to talk about U.S.-Iran relations and garner local support.
Iranian candidates must be approved by the Guardian Council one month before elections. Hooshang Amirahmadi tried to run in 2005, but was rejected. Many in the Iranian diaspora say it won't be any different this time. Most reformist leaders are either in house arrest or have fled the country. Amirahmadi says the right wing is fighting itself, which is good for him, as an independent.
"The good news is that I have never, ever been a member of a political party or a faction," Amirahmadi said. "From the right, to the reforms and others, no faction sees me as an enemy. They may see me as a a competitor, as rival, but certainly not as an enemy."
Many Iranian-Americans think reform can only come with a revolution, not through electoral politics.