Sunday, December 17, 2006

Iranian Hardliners Dealt Double Blow in Elections

Finally sme good news from Iran.
Iranians have dealt a blow to President Ahmadinejad’s hardline Government, by thwarting his allies in municipal and clerical elections.

...The President’s critics interpreted the high turnout as a shift in the popular mood towards more moderate policies and away from his conservatism at home and confrontational stance abroad. They claim that Mr Ahmadinejad’s international defiance is a ruse to distract attention from failures at home. During the presidential elections, he promised to give the poor a fairer share of the country’s oil wealth, but he has yet to deliver on his pledge.
As I recall, Ahmadinejad was elected in the first place, after many moderate candidates were banned from running and a great deal of the Iranian populace sat out the election in protest, so that the voting percentage was quite low.

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