Ahmadinejad´s Legislative Support Fades Away (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/06/12)
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Support for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is fading away at
home. His Islamist rivals in parliament won a landslide vote Friday,
with the first session of the legislative body set to begin in about
It was partly Ahmadinejad´s challenge of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
Khameini for the authority to choose Iran´s intelligence chief that
brought him down, as did his desire for control over its nuclear
policy, analysts said.
Final results of the polls released by Iranian media on Saturday
showed that conservative rivals had won a landslide victory in
Friday´s runoff vote.
The president´s rivals had won the initial majority in the 290-member
parliament in the first round of elections in March, then grabbed
another 41 mandates of the 65 seats left in the runoff. Independent
candidates won another 11, leaving only 13 seats for supporters of
the hapless president, according to the report Saturday by Iranian
Few if any reformist parties fielded any candidates, unlike the
elections held in 2009, where protests rocked the nation following
claims the polls resulting in Ahmadinejad´s re-election had been
In Iran, both the president and the parliament are generally
subordinate to the religious authority; but Ahmadinejad had tried to
buck the system – an attempt that ended in failure.
Parliament has no direct control over any real foreign or security
policy in any case; those issues are determined by the Supreme Leader.
Since Ahmadinejad has served the maximum two terms, his term ends in
August 2013. In the intervening time, it is likely he will have
significant power, inasmuch as few of his supporters remain in
positions of influence. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/06/12)
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