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Iranians Vote in Twisted Version of Parliament Elections

March 14, 2008
By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writers

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranians voted Friday in elections likely to yield little change: Conservatives and allies of the hardline president are expected to retain control of parliament after many reformists were barred from even running.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greets the media ... 
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greets the media before casting his ballot in Iran’s parliamentary elections in Tehran, Iran, Friday March 14, 2008.
(AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)

As polls opened, state radio urged a strong turnout so that Iranians could present a unified front to the West. “Iranians will go to ballots to send a message to those who are not able to see unity of Iranians behind (the country’s) achievements,” it said.

The Islamic republic’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, cast his vote at a religious center next to his residence in Iran, tucking a folded paper into a transparent plastic box.

Khamenei has said that Iranians should bring to parliament anti-U.S. candidates “whose loyalties are to Islam and justice.”

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Ahmadinejad criticized over nuke envoy

October 23, 2007

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer 

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have gained greater short-term power with the resignation of Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, but the departure appears to have further damaged the president’s standing among many conservatives in the Islamic republic.

Ali Larijani’s surprise resignation over the weekend has been widely interpreted as a victory for Ahmadinejad because it could lead Iran to take an even tougher stance in ongoing nuclear talks with the West. Though a conservative, Larijani was considered more moderate than Ahmadinejad within Iran’s hardline camp, and the two men had previously clashed on how to approach the talks.

But Larijani’s removal could further undermine Ahmadinejad in Iran.

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