Sharp Turn to the Right
In the second round of the parliamentary elections taking place in the country today, 65 of 290 seats are being contested. The traditional conservatives loyal to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the ultraconservatives and fundamentalists loyal to Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi are expected to dominate the Ninth Majlis, making it the most right-wing Majlis in the history of the Islamic Republic.
Qolam Ali Haddad Adel, Khamenei’s senior advisor and father-in-law to his powerful son Mojtaba, is expected to be chosen as the speaker of the new Majlis. President Ahmadinejad and his circle of supporters seem to be the biggest losers in these elections.
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Any thoughts on why Larijani was edged out by Hadded-Adel? As I understand it these two were locked in pretty heated competition over leadership of the Majlis prior to the first round of elections; I'm not sure what happened since then though.
The problem with these anti Iranian mullahs is that none of them are loyal to Iran and its people.
Hadad's speakership is not a done deal yet, but I understand he has enough votes in the new Majlis and most likely will run for the office. He is very close to the supreme leader, and will run the house in a much less confrontational manner than Larijani, more to the liking of Khamenei.
This is democracy at work.
Anon 11:52 AM
You wouldn't know the meaning of democracy if it landed on your head.
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