Iran: June 25, 2005

Archives

Former Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the runoff for the presidency. Ahmadinejad is a popular Islamic conservative official, mainly because he is not corrupt, and speaks eloquently of the need for economic reform and more honesty in government. Ahmadinejad  will be a figurehead, as the real power in the country is still the Guardians Council. This is a group of senior clerics who, according to the constitution adopted during the 1980s war with Iraq, gives the clerics veto power over any laws or decisions by the legislature or president. Islamic conservatives also control police, the military and the courts. However, the Islamic conservatives know that most Iranians are more concerned with economic issues, so that is what Ahmadinejad pushes. Unfortunately, the Islamic conservatives are most responsible for the economic problems, and the government corruption. If Ahmadinejad were able to actually do anything about these problems, he would come into conflict with many well placed Islamic conservatives, including a large number of wealthy, and corrupt, clerics. 

 

Article Archive

Iran: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close