Ahwazi: Election Results Show Anti-Ahmadinejad Vote
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Rafsanjani's victory in the Assembly of Experts -- the powerful body that oversees the work of
Partial results from the municipal councils elections also show that Ahmadinejad's allies losing badly to reformers and moderate conservatives in city councils all over the country.
Hard-Line Candidates Lose
According to elections results released today, moderate conservatives loyal to
Qalibaf's allies are followed by reformists, who are likely to gain four seats.
If the current trend continues, Ahmadinejad would only get about three seats. The president's sister, Parvin Ahmadinejad, is in tenth place. But Ahmadinejad adviser Mehrdad Bazrpash and cabinet secretary Massud Zarbafan are trailing badly in the 27th and 28th positions.
The vote in
Safdar Husseini, the reformist coalition's provincial campaign coordinator, said in Tehran on December 18 that of the 1,524 people who have been declared winners in municipal elections around Iran, 605 can be considered reformers, 438 as conservatives, 429 as independents, and only 52 on the list of Ahmadinejad's allies, the ILNA news agency reported.
The results comes amid a victory for former Iranian President Rafsanjani in the elections for the Assembly of Experts. The assembly is theoretically
Rafsanjani, who was handily defeated by Ahmadinejad in
Such results are being viewed as a stunning defeat for Ahmadinejad, who was facing his first test of popularity in the December 15 elections.
Some observers suggested that the results indicate a rejection of the "extremist policies" by the Iranian president.
Four days after the elections, the official final results of the elections to
The deputy head of
"All the ballots from
Those concerns are heightened by the fact that Ahmadinejad's allies are responsible for the counting of the votes. His close aide, Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, is the head of the central election committee.
But on December 18, government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham said the government does not work in the interest of any particular political group. He said "It is not important for us who is the winner of the elections."
ILNA reported that later today former Iranian reformist President Mohammad Khatami will meet with Interior Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi and the parliament speaker in order "to preserve the people's vote" and prevent any intervention by government officials.
On December 18, several reformist legislators went to
No Comment from President
Today, senior election official Seyed Ali Riaz described the election process as "transparent" and said votes are being counted with great precision. He did not, however, say when the final results for