Monday, December 18, 2006

Leaders Do Not Always Speak For Their People

Something to always keep in mind when deciding to judge the people of another nation, race or religious group. Even when a leader is not elected by a majority popular vote, his expressed views may be mistaken by the world as the views of the people he should be representing. As in the US, not all of the people of Iran share the views of their current President. Yet sadly "leaders" can lead us to war and the people suffer.

Ahmadinejad opponents leading in local Iran election
- International Herald Tribune


TEHRAN: Early returns showed conservative opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leading in elections for local councils and a powerful clerical body, widely considered a test of popular approval for the hardline leader.

Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel rhetoric and staunch stand on Iran's nuclear program are believed to have divided the conservatives who voted him into power. Some conservatives feel Ahmadinejad has spent too much time confronting the West and failed to deal with Iran's struggling economy.

Tehran newspapers and semiofficial news agencies reported unofficial results Saturday showing that no single party would be able to claim outright victory in Friday's elections, partly because of divisions among conservatives. Officials have said preliminary results were expected Sunday, with final results coming Monday or later.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency said unofficial results showed candidates who support Ahmadinejad trailing in Tehran's municipal elections behind supporters of Mayor Muhammad Bagher Qalibaf, a moderate conservative.Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president, considered an Ahmadinejad opponent, was leading in the Assembly of Experts election in Tehran, the official press agency, IRNA, reported.

The assembly is a body of 86 senior clerics that monitors Iran's supreme leader and chooses his successor.

Summarized by Copernic Summarizer

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