Ahmadinejad Supporters Lose in Local Elections
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s party apparently lost some local elections.
The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, faced electoral embarrassment today after the apparent failure of his supporters to win control of key local councils and block the political comeback of his most powerful opponent. Early results from last Friday’s election suggested that his Sweet Scent of Service coalition had won just three out of 15 seats on the symbolically important Tehran city council, foiling Mr Ahmadinejad’s plan to oust the mayor and replace him with an ally.
The outcome appeared to be mirrored elsewhere, with councils throughout Iran returning a majority of reformists and moderate fundamentalists opposed to Mr Ahmadinejad.
Were Iran a democracy, this would be significant news indeed. Since the mullahs will continue to wield all meaningful political power, however, I will not get overly excited.
Incidentally, I’m sure “Sweet Scent of Service” is far wimpier sounding than its Persian original, although it is still a funny name for a political coalition.