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Iran parliament vote seen bolstering Supreme Leader
Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 2, 2012 7:05pm EST | Parisa Hafezi and Zahra Hosseinian

Posted on 03/02/2012 8:54:55 PM PST by Olog-hai

Iranians wrapped up a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's power over rival hardliners led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranian leaders were looking for a high turnout at Friday's poll to ease a crisis of legitimacy caused by Ahmadinejad's re-election in 2009, when widespread accusations of fraud plunged the Islamic Republic into the worst unrest of its 33-year history.

Iran also faces economic turmoil compounded by Western sanctions over a nuclear program that has prompted threats of military action by Israel, whose leader meets U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday.

The vote in Iran is only a limited test of political opinion since leading reformist groups stayed out of what became a contest between the Khamenei and Ahmadinejad camps. …

Khamenei has told Iranians that their vote would be a "slap in the face for arrogant powers" such as the United States. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; shamelections; supremeleader; twelvers

1 posted on 03/02/2012 8:55:00 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Rubber stamping.

2 posted on 03/02/2012 9:01:29 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

As always. Toy parliaments are always the fav of despots, to make fun specifically of the UK’s parliamentary system and of course the USA’s republic.

3 posted on 03/02/2012 9:19:25 PM PST by Olog-hai
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