Sunday, December 03, 2006
Ahmadinejad's Term Shortened
Image v. reality
The Iranian Parliament has voted to cut short the term of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The parliamentarians apparently want him gone 18 months early by changing the timing for the next presidential elections from August 2009 to February 2008, says Hotair.
The 80% majority voting in favor of the measure, point out the measure would reform the executive and legislative powers providing greater cooperation between the two powers and strengthening the supervisorial role of parliament. Elections for the presidency and the legislature would be held simultaneously saving time and money.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting conducted a poll recently as reported by CBNNews. The results showed a drastic drop in confidence for Ahmadinejad. Last year, 60% of Iranians approved of the job Ahmadinejad was doing. I the recent poll, 69% dissapprove of his performance.
Ratification of the bill is required by the Iranian Constitutional Committee headed by Ahmadinejad arch-rival Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president. Rafsanjani is running for a seat in the Assembly of Experts, an 86 member body that monitors the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rafsanjani is running against Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor Masbah Yazdi.
What does this mean for Iran and the rest of the world? Who knows? The workings of Persian politics has been a mystery for a thousand years and nothing is likely to clarify anything now.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.