Skip to comments.Iran: Parliament shortens Ahmadinejad's term
Posted on 12/03/2006 8:31:42 PM PST by BigFinn
Vast majority of Iranian lawmakers vote to move up presidential elections by 18 months, final say on matter up to Ahmadinejad's arch-rival.
Will Ahmadinejad's term be cut short? The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to unite the presidential elections with the upcoming parliamentary ones, this according to the official Iranian news agency.
The proposal, which passed with a surprising 80 percent majority, may cut the term of sitting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by 18 months.
The bill must still be ratified by the Iranian constitutional committee, which is headed by former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad's arch-rival, a fact which many see as indicative that the bill will indeed be authorized.
Rafsanjani himself is considered one of the most powerful politicians in Iran and is currently running for a position in the Assembly of Experts, an 86-strong body of ayatollahs who monitor the Iranian Supreme Leader (a position currently held by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei). The Assembly has the power to dismiss the Supreme Leader. Already existing tensions have heightened between Ahmadinejad and Rafsanjani as the latter is pitted directly against Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor Masbah Yazdi who is also vying for a spot on the Assembly of Experts.
One of the reasons cited in the proposal for bringing the two elections together is cutting the costs brought on by a double election. Opponents to the bill claimed that cutting the president's term is unconstitutional and that parliament's term should be extended to meet the original date for the presidential election.
Maybe they're finally getting tired of Abby Dinnerjacket's antics?
The timeline shortens ...
The mullahs might be scared of his messianic stuff.
Yes. Sorta. Perhaps Iran's band of Saruman lookalikes don't like all the publicity that Mahmoud has been hard at work drumming up for them. Who knows? Maybe Howard Dean will defeat Mahmoud in a landslide 18 months from now.
If they wanted to get rid of him they'd put him on a Russian jet.
This is just what they say it is, procedure.
I guess so!!
I think they are more scared of the USA.
Dont forget he can still run for re-election.
This could also lead to a purge in Iranian politics due to a "Zionist plot that wants to overthrow the ruling party." Just a thought
That's the idea...run the election early, which will solidify his position for longer. He's a wily one.
These guys have a constitution? Who knew?!
Has Stinky been a bad boy?
Could be, yes.
Nothing good happens in Iran as long as the ayatollahs rule.
That's not to say the mullahs haven't appreciated that he's a very dangerous man, a two edged sword that is cutting them as well as the West. Had he kept his mouth shut they'd be marching forward with their nuclear weapons programs with the West's help, and I mean that literally. His sort of populist brinksmanship has torn the mask off prematurely and has Iran in a much poorer position diplomatically than it was before he started his "death to Israel" act. How nuts do you have to be to start worrying even the Russians?
It will be interesting to see who opposes him in the formal election. The vote itself is mostly a charade. The issue will have been decided by then.
Yep,,,,"DER FUHRER" Will Have Them ALL Shot,!!!...
Well, surprise, surprise!
Keep praying folks for the meltdown of Iran. If they are fighting within, they can't be fighting out. Admadinejad is just a figurehead anyway. The real power rests with the Ayatollahs. Funny how they elect a guy to be Supreme Leader and then watch his every move. Not much trust there. Maybe this is a great time for an uprising by the pro-Democracy people. Take a few Ayatollahs to the soccer stadium along with their puppet.
Wonder what Admadinejad will put on his application at the unemployment department? Or what his next post will be?
Not if the Ayatollahs don't let him. He is just a figurehead anyway. It is the Ayatollahs that weild the power.
President of Berkeley.
The mullahs couldn't cut him any shorter so they cut his term.
Yeah...that makes sense...in bizarro land.
well said and accurate
Interesting timing - perhaps some of Iran's Muslim neighbors had a chat
Maybe they'll reap what they're sowing in Iraq and harvest a civil war in Iran. Only half the Iranians are ethnically Iranian. I'd prefer peace and democracy, but if that's not possible, my next preference would be the Iranians self-flagellating themselves into the ditch. Beats Mahmoud pitching A-bombs.
Can you give the people without 20 minutes to wait the PUNCHLINE?
I'd prefer we shorten his life span to about one more week.
LOL! That's hilarious!
He's not hard-line enough... He's spending too much time cozying up to liberal western media.
Does Iran have 100% voter turnout as Iraq did under Hussein's reign?
I hope his next 'post' will have his head securely fashioned to it.
Nope, but all candidates have to get approval by the Mullahs to get on the ballot. The only form of protest left is refusing to vote & those who don't vote find their jobs or acceptance to school at risk.
Ameananutjob is now preparing to cozy up to the Democrats, after the Dec 6 report in released
He has written an open letter to the American people
Bush is entertaining the idea of talks with Syria and Iran, and the Mullahs shirk in abject horror.
This is not what the Mullahs want, they want a WAR in which the Madhi will appear. All this cushy plan to negotiate is not on their menu.
So now they want an even bigger megalomaniac than Ameananutjob.They are supplying Iranian arms to Muqtada Al Sadrs Iraqi Al MAdhi Army directly from their arms factories without black marketing them.The Saudis are pi$$ed.
The Iranian people have little to do with it.The Saudis are on the march and mean to carry the battle to the Shiites in Iraq, because the USA will not. The Saudis are angry and hold the trump card of barring the Iranians from pilgramage ( Haj) to Mecca. Or killing the Haji Iranians on the way by the thousands. This has the Mullahs worried and in a tizzy.So they want no truck with the Western Dems. They need a new man who can placate the Saudis, and at the same time keep feeding arms to Muqtada Al Sadr.The Saudis mean to assassinate Muqtada, and they likely will, with the help of Jordan. That is why Al Maliki ran away after meeting with the King of Jordan, and did not meet with President Bush. He got the black spot when he shook hands with the King of Jordan. The Muslim jig is up. The Saudis are on the war path, whether the US wants it or not.
Glad to see you know about "stinky."
He went bonkers when an opponent called him that. LOL
He knows we're leaving Iraq in 07' and might as well deal with Iran before we come home.
Huh? He did meet with President Bush. They had a breakfast meeting on Thursday and then held a joint press availability in Amman, Jordan.
Hmm, let me guess... the next guy will be "moderate" and "somebody we can work with". Can we send Jimmuh Carter to verify the elections?
Best news I've heard all day. Maybe we all won't get blown up in the next few years. Maybe I'll win a million dollars and sip margaritas on the beach for the rest of my life. Maybe the liberals will stop backing mass murdering sociopathic dictators. Yeah, right...
Or president of the UN.
Can we do the same to Hillary if she manages to get elected?
LOL............ even the long dead vote "yes".
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus