December 4, 2006


Iran: Parliament shortens Ahmadinejad's term (Dudi Cohen, 12.03.06, YNet)

Will Ahmadinejad's term be cut short? The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to unite the presidential elections with the upcoming parliamentary ones, this according to the official Iranian news agency.

The proposal, which passed with a surprising 80 percent majority, may cut the term of sitting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by 18 months.

The bill must still be ratified by the Iranian constitutional committee, which is headed by former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad's arch-rival, a fact which many see as indicative that the bill will indeed be authorized.

It's been obvious to any impartial observer from the get-go that the Supreme Leader was as disappointed as everyone else by the election results last time, which he'd tried to set up as a race between a genuine Reformer and his pet reformer Rafsanjani. He may not be as reformist as we'd like, but does recognize the need for at least some limited reform.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 4, 2006 12:59 PM

Laughable. He'll be "re-elected" in a landslide, or a squeaker, depending on what the mullahs deem most beneficial. Presumably the old election was after 2008, and the new one will be before, since they know(?) that Bush has been emasculated and they're free to do whatever they want now. Too risky to wait until after that crazy ol' McCain takes over...

Posted by: b at December 4, 2006 1:18 PM

Bolton's gone.

W should have paid his salary.

Posted by: Sandy P at December 4, 2006 2:13 PM

He's a jerk and easily replaced.

Posted by: oj at December 4, 2006 3:22 PM

I've decided that one precondition for reestablishing diplomatic relations with Iran is that Jimmy Carter is named ambassador.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 4, 2006 3:28 PM

Hopefully w/someone who will actually destroy it.

Posted by: Sandy P at December 4, 2006 4:48 PM

Bush should nominate Ken Blackwell to be UN amb.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 4, 2006 11:38 PM

Remember when the Iranian parliament was supposed to have passed a law requiring Jews to wear yellow stars? That disappeared down the hole pretty fast. This might as well - trying to find a hard fact from within Iran is difficult. Wait until either Ahamdinejad or Khameini is dead.

Posted by: ratbert at December 5, 2006 10:21 AM

One was just anti-Shi'ite propaganda. The other is the Supreme Leader sharpening his shiv.

Posted by: oj at December 5, 2006 10:42 AM