Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Iran: Access to facebook restored - Its Islamic again !!

Trying to keep up with all the changes to 'Gods' law -- Facebook was once Islamic - then it was made un-Islamic - now Facebook - the social networking site - is Islamic again!!

Tehran, 26 May (AKI) - Iranians can now access the popular internet networking site Facebook on Tuesday after reports surfaced that it had been blocked to prevent supporters of a presidential candidate from using it, Iran's official labour news agency ILNA said.

On Monday, ILNA said Facebook had been banned since 23 May, in a bid to prevent moderate candidate and former prime minister Mir-Hossein Moussavi from using it as a way to boost his campaign.

ILNA claimed that the social networking site had been blocked "by a committee of representatives from the ministry of interior, intelligence, judiciary, parliament and some other ministries."

Moussavi is considered the main rival of current hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, - who on Monday denied claims that he was behind the shutdown - and is up for re-election during the 12 June polls.

Facebook has also become a popular political tool to rally supporters and engage in heated presidential debates.

Moussavi, who is supported by ILNA, is one of the four presidential candidates approved by the Iranian electoral watchdog or Guardian Council, out of an original 450 candidates. They will stand for election in the country's upcoming polls on 12 June.

Besides Ahmadinejad and Moussavi, the other candidates up for election are reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi, and Mohsen Rezaie, current secretary of Iran's top political arbitration body, the Expediency Council, and former war veteran.

Iran's Guardian Council is an unelected religious oversight body that vets all electoral candidates and assesses their moral values and support for the country's system of Islamic government.

More than 46 million Iranians are eligible to take part in the presidential election on 12 June.

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