May 28, 2008

IT'S THE ECONOMY, MAHMOUD:

Ahmadinejad rival takes powerful post in Iran: Ali Larijani, Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator and a prominent conservative, was elected to the high-profile role of speaker of Iran's parliament (Borzou Daragahi, 5/28/08, Los Angeles Times)

A powerful rival to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became speaker of Iran's parliament today, clearing the way for a potential challenge against the hard-line head of state ahead of 2009 presidential elections.

Ali Larijani, Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator and a prominent conservative, won 232 out of 263 votes cast to attain the powerful and high-profile speaker's seat. His victory over former speaker Gholam-Hossein Hadad-Adel, who rarely challenged Ahmadinejad, suggests hostility to the president among the new batch of mostly conservative lawmakers voted into office in the March parliamentary elections.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 28, 2008 9:26 AM
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