February 5, 2008

HOW FREQUENT DOES CRITICISM HAVE TO BE BEFORE IT'S REGULAR RATHER THAN RARE:

Iran's gas shortages plague Ahmadinejad (David Blair, 05/02/2008, Daily Telegraph)

Iran has the second largest natural gas reserves in the world, yet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime has left large areas of the countryside without any heating.
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Last year, he was forced to impose petrol rationing in a nation with about 20 per cent of the world's oil.

Parliamentary elections are due on March 14 and allies of the increasingly unpopular president face defeat.

If critics of Mr Ahmadinejad were to win a majority in parliament, it would make it harder for the president to achieve re-election next year.

The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has voiced rare criticism of the president.


As soon as Mahmoud pulled off his upset win the Ayatollah put his chosen candidate, Rafsanjani, in position to ride herd on him and has consistently criticized the failure to reform the economy, which he recognizes is required to save the Republic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 5, 2008 9:01 PM
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