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Iran's Michelle Obama?

Justin Webb | 16:48 UK time, Monday, 11 May 2009


My colleague Bahman Kalbasi of BBC Persian TV points out that one of the moderate candidates in the presidential elections in Iran - Hossein Mousavi - is campaigning with his wife alongside him.

This is a truly landmark event, since for the last 30 years it has been unusual even to see the face of a presidential aspirant's wife, let alone hear her voice.

She - Zahra Rahnavard - is being called the Michelle Obama of Iran, though I note from the picture that her arms are well covered.

To those who scoff at the Obama approach to the outside world - this is at least a partial answer.

He (and she) might change the nature of the game, unleashing forces that no amount of "axis of evil" rhetoric ever could.


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