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True face of Iranian parliamentary elections

07 May 2012 [08:50] - TODAY.AZ
Unveiling the final result of Iranian parliamentary election indicates apparently victory of Ahmadinejad's rivals, but it's only an apparent feature, not more.

According to the results, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's camp "United Front of Conservatives", whose candidates oppose president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, won 120 seats, while Ahmadinejad's allies under the flag of "Front of stability of the Islamic Revolution" coalition won only 75 seats.

However, regarding the fact that some of the candidates belong to both coalitions, then, there are some Ahmadinejad's allies in United Front of Conservatives' list.

Also, about 40 independent candidates joined the parliament, whom the United Front of Conservatives refused to add their names to this coalition's list before and they are likely to make coalition with Ahmadinejad's allies.

Front of stability of the Islamic Revolution can attract some new independent MPs and those ones whose names are present in both rival coalitions easily. Then, difference between the numbers of Ahmadinejad's allies and rivals is not so large as appeared at first.


Although the famous and distinguished members of Iranian reformists refused to participate in election, about 40 members of reformist Democracy Front (Mardomsalari) won the seats in the parliament.

About 166 candidates joined the parliament for first time, while 196 current members of parliament did not succeed to get the parliament seats again.

The early coming challenges for new members are forming fractions and electing the chairman. There are two potential candidates: former chairman Haddad Adel, the father-in-law to Mojtaba, son of Khamenei, that is named both in United Front of Conservatives and Front of stability of the Islamic Revolution's list and current chairman Ali Larijani, the candidate of the United Front of Conservatives.

Dalga Khatinoglu /Trend/

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