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December 18, 2006

Partial Election Results Indicate Setback For Ahmadinejad

Topics: Iran

In what amounts to a bit of good news on the Iran front, with most of the results for local elections announced throughout the country, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad'ss allies have failed to win control of a single council:

The president's supporters have also failed to main significant gains on the Assembly of Experts, which can dismiss the supreme leader.

BBC Iran affairs analyst Sadeq Saba says the message is loud and clear and is likely to increase pressure on President Ahmadinejad to change his policies.

It appears that Ahmadinejad is loosing the support of his fellow ,nutcases conservatives who feel he has spent too much time confronting the West and failed to deal with Iran's struggling economy. However, there's little doubt that Iran is unlikely to change it's radical Islamic ways, go nuclear (as in weapons), and change it's determination to wipe out Israel.

Iran's municipal election and election of the Assembly of Experts for the Leadership have been expected to benefit the reformists who lost much influence and standing in the most recent elections, but little real change is expected because the real power in Iran rests in the hands of it's Supreme nutcase - the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The other side reports
: The Iranian Solidarity Congress, in a press release, argued that while the Islamic Republic has been reporting high voter turnout in last Friday's elections, independent sources inside Iran say that the regime's claim about high turnout is not true.

Related: The Significance of Iran's December Elections

Posted by Richard at December 18, 2006 1:53 PM

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