Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is unlikely to serve his full second term and Iran will remain unstable politically. These predictions were made by Ali Ansari, a prominent Iran scholar at the London-based thinktank Chatham House.
"I would not want to predict a revolution but I definitely do not think Ahmadinejad will fulfill his full term," Ansari, also a co-director of the Institute of Iranian Studies at St. Andrews University in Scotland, told AKI [adnkronos international, 8 August].
"I think they [Islamic Republic leaders] are in a very difficult position and unless ultimately they find some compromise, I think they will have serious problems.
"I mean the underlying thing you have to bear in mind about Ahmadinejad is he is taking over a country whose political and economic health is not good. So if you wait long enough, the economy will basically bring him down."
Ansari said that it will be difficult for Ahmadinejad to form a credible government because he doesn't have the total support of the parliament, which he stressed was crucial.