Anti-Ahmadinejad Faction Wins Big in Iran Elections
Attempt to confront Iran's Supreme Leader led to Ahmadinejad's losses
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2012 8:48 AM CST
In front of a portrait of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani casts his ballot for the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran, March 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/ISNA, Ruhollah Vahdati)

(Newser) – In a battle of conservative hardliners versus conservative hardliners in Iran's elections on Friday, the winners were ... the conservative hardliners. But in this case, it is the conservatives opposed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who appear to have come out on top, taking upward of 80% of the seats in Iran's parliamentary elections, according to one anti-Ahmadinejad hardliner. Ahmadinejad's defeat was so thorough that even his sister, running in her family's home region, lost her bid (which one analyst saw as a "possible sign of fraud.").

Of the 197 winners announced yesterday, 102 were from the anti-Ahmadinejad faction. With Iran's presidential elections looming in 2013, the parliamentary results were a major setback to Ahmadinejad, who had tried to challenge the authority of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reports the AP. But unlike the 2009 elections, which were followed by massive protests around Iran, this time there were no major claims of voting irregularities; reformists had been almost completely shut out from the ballot.

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Mar 4, 2012 12:52 PM CST
Uh-oh; no more ImADinnerJacket? I hope the next powerless puppet will be just as entertaining.
Mar 4, 2012 12:28 PM CST
I hear LIBERAL China, and LIBERAL hardliner Russia have gotten so corrupt they don't even have elections anymore. Seems like a LIBERAL hardliner victory. We're not too far off, our elections are a shame also, another LIBERAL hardliner victory.
Mar 4, 2012 11:46 AM CST
When bush and cheney were in office we had the most corrupt politics in the free world. There has never been a larger transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to the very rich. Hitler had nothing on these jackasses, so I guess Prescott bush's working with the Nazi's during WW2 paid off for the bush clan.