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.