December 16, 2006

HOW'S THAT REFERENDUM GOING, MAHMOUD?:

Rafsanjani ahead of conservative rival in Iran vote (AFP, 12/16/06)

Centrist cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was running well ahead of his ultra-conservative rival Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi in elections for Iran's Assembly of Experts, with half the votes counted, state television said.

While the partial results indicate that both clerics will make it on to the body, the strength of Rafsanjani's showing is a surprise after his humiliating 2005 presidential election defeat to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


Surprising so long as you've paid absolutely no attention to anything but your own preconceived notions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2006 2:24 PM
Comments

Rafi's centrist???

Who knew?

Posted by: Sandy P at December 16, 2006 9:21 PM

The observant.

Posted by: oj at December 17, 2006 9:44 AM
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