Robust voter turnout in Iran’s parliamentary elections may bolster clerical hard-liners according to some reports, evidence that harsh U.S.-led economic sanctions have not boosted support for liberal secularists.
Much of the election was focused on Iran’s troubled economy, high unemployment, crippling inflation, etc. The Interior Ministry said Saturday that 64.2% of the nation’s 28 million eligible voters cast ballots on Friday.
Considerable weight has been placed on these elections, as they are the first in the country since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection triggered the mass protests of 2009. Ahmadinejad himself did not run – his term ends in 2013 and, under current law, he cannot run again – but his side of Iran’s political spectrum is expected to take a hit.
Parvin Ahmadinejad, the president’s sister, reportedly failed in her bid to win a parliamentary seat in the family’s own hometown.
Contrary to Western propaganda which paints Ahmadinejad as Iran’s authoritarian leader at the forefront of the country’s extremist religious rule, he in fact does not hold that much power compared to the clergy and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Many in Iran have questions Ahmadinejad’s loyalty to the clergy, and his partisans may be the ones suffering losses to Khamenei’s adherents.
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I remember, back in 2005 when Ahmadinejad was first elected president of Iran, how upset the mullahs were with the election results; they did not think he was 'religious enough.' So for the most part, challenges to his presidency have come from supporters of the clerical hardline in Iran.
In view of that, why the West sees Ahmadinejad as the leader of the extreme religious element in Iran baffles me.
Funny Iran has term limits but many of our Arab dictators-I mean allies don't.
Okay, it's so simple a caveman could figure it out: Any leader of Iran not groomed in Washington and on the CIA payroll will be unacceptable to the FedGov. That unapproved leader will be vilified in any way the FedGov sees fit in order to make him seem scary to the Amerikan sheeple. Factual correctness has no place in such a "narrative."
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