Iran's tenth presidential election takes place this Friday and the race is heating up. Current president Ahmadinejad and reformist Mirhossein Mousavi, both running for president, clashed in a televised debate last Wednesday, causing protests and street-fights on Saturday. Unlike in previous elections however, Iranian expat students say they won't boycott the vote this time.
Jessica Bogus is a 21-year-old French girl currently studying in Lund, Sweden, where many Iranians study abroad. While eating some traditional Gaz (nougat from Esfahan), Jessica asked her Iranian friends, the majority of whom boycotted the 2005 election, what they would do this time.
Garsivaz (above) and Kiarokh (below) study wireless communication and visual art respectively. They boycotted the previous election.
Who we're voting for? [Mirhossein] Mousavi's [leading moderate candidate] campaign is disappointing, he doesn't propose anything. Mehdi Karoubi [pro-reform challenger] however, he's interesting. He's really trying to touch the young generation. He's even got a Facebook page!"
Shabnam studies social sciences in Lund. She also boycotted the 2005 election.
Mitra also studies social sciences in Lund. She supports Mirhossein Mousavi.