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Ahmadinejad rivals leading in vote

2012-03-03 08:57

Tehran - Conservative rivals of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are leading in the race for parliament seats according to early election results.

The conservatives' lead was expected as the elections boiled down to a contest between conservatives supporting and opposing Ahmadinejad.
 
Early returns Saturday in the capital Tehran show loyalists to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have pulled ahead. Partial results from provincial towns also show conservative Ahmadinejad rivals were elected in many constituencies.

In a huge embarrassment, Parvin Ahmadinejad, a younger sister of the president, was defeated by a conservative rival in their hometown of Garmsar.

The results indicate Ahmadinejad may face a more hostile parliament in the nearly two years remaining of his second term in office.

Comments
  • Fred - 2012-03-03 09:50

    All this while the real opposition are locked up in jail, Nelson Mandela style. How long are you going to allow this to continue, Iranians? When are you going to join the modern world?

      Fred - 2012-03-03 17:49

      "The hard core of the reformists are boycotting the elections. Their two main leaders, Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karrubi, have been under house arrest for more than a year. Others are in prison or have withdrawn from politics." From another article.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-03 10:00

    "Conservative rivals of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are leading in the race for parliament seats according to early election results." And I thought that Ahmedinejad was conservative!

  • Garth - 2012-03-03 10:16

    This reporting is incorrect. It should state intra-secular rivals.

  • Anthony - 2012-03-03 17:18

    And these are called "elections" ????? But than I suppose, if you water milk down , 5 to 1 , some will also still call it milk !!!!1

      Fred - 2012-03-03 20:01

      "The hard core of the reformists are boycotting the elections. Their two main leaders, Mr Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karrubi, have been under house arrest for more than a year. Others are in prison or have withdrawn from politics." News24 Nice elections. Like Putin's "managed democracy" in which he hand-picks his opposition. Iranians and Russians are unlikely to let this continue for long.

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