March 16, 2008

A LOSS FOR MAHMOUD, BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LANDSLIDE:

Iran elections leave parliamentary power split (David Blair, 17/03/2008, Daily Telegraph)

The balance of power inside Iran grew more volatile when supporters and critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won roughly equal representation in parliament.

Hardliners will dominate the new "Majlis", but the House will probably be split down the middle over Mr Ahmadinejad's fitness to rule.

With 190 of the 290 seats declared, Mr Ahmadinejad's supporters had taken 67. His conservative critics, who blame him for Iran's economic troubles, won 46, while his opponents among Iran's liberal reformers - roughly 90 per cent of whose candidates were prevented from running - took 30 seats.


What a waste--the Reformers could have buried, instead of just neutered, him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2008 9:14 PM
Comments

Apparently you missed this sentence:

...Iran's liberal reformers - roughly 90 per cent of whose candidates were prevented from running

Khamenei is on the side of the "conservative critics", not the reformers.

Posted by: Brandon at March 17, 2008 11:16 AM

As the GOP is the conservative reformist party.

Posted by: oj at March 17, 2008 1:17 PM
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