Ahmadinejad dealt a blow in parliamentary elections

The "Bat Guano Crazies vs. the Not Quite as Crazies" contest in the Iranian elections has dealt a blow to the Bat Guano Crazies led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Not Quite as Crazies, loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, appear to have triumphed. This could mean big trouble for Ahmadinejad who has become wildly unpopular as a result of high inflation and high unemployment. Reuters: Clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has tightened his grip on Iran's faction-ridden politics after loyalists won over 75 percent of seats in parliamentary elections at the expense of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a near-complete count showed. The widespread defeat of Ahmadinejad supporters - including his sister, Parvin Ahmadinejad - is expected to reduce the president to a lame duck after he sowed divisions by challenging the utmost authority of Khamenei in the governing hierarchy. The outcome of Friday's vote, essentially a contest between conservative hardline...(Read Full Post)