Iran's President to Seek Second Term, Adviser Says
Washington Post / Thomas Erdbrink
29-Jan-2009 (4 comments)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will run for a second term, his press adviser said Wednesday. Although the president has not formally announced his candidacy for the June 12 elections, the adviser, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, told The Washington Post that Ahmadinejad will "definitely become a candidate." Analysts in the United States have said that the Obama administration is considering postponing proposed direct talks with Iran and awaiting the outcome of the country's presidential election. Ahmadinejad has strongly defended Iran's nuclear program, saying it is aimed at meeting civilian energy needs. During an interview with al-Arabiya television Monday, President Obama warned that pursuit of a nuclear weapon by Iran was "not conducive to peace." On Tuesday, Iran's top military commander, Maj. Gen. Hasan Firuzabadi, spoke openly in support of Ahmadinejad. "The Ahmadinejad administration showed that the presidency and the great potential of the position require a lot of energy and competence," Firuzabadi said. "The presidency is not for old, retired people."

News Goffer

khoda be daademoon bereseh

by News Goffer on

Let's see...

He destroyed the Iranian economy through ill-advised policies (first he fired all his economic advisors).

He seriously impaired Iran's position in foreign policy, pushing a confrontational approach, putting the people of Iran in harm's way through sanctions and threats of war.

He supported and personally administered a crackdown on student protestors, women's rights activists, NGO's, and labor unionists.

He cheered and encouraged the "Social Security Plan," aimed to "return to revolutionary values" through strict dress and appearance code for Iranians.

I don't look forward to four more years of this, to be sure.  The alternatives don't seem terribly good at this time, either.  The ever-present candidate, Mehdi Karroubi, has already thrown in his turbin. 

One thing is for sure.  The Iran Ahmadinejad takes on again or hands off to someone else, is a lot worse off than it was four years ago.



"They think he looks like them and understands them"

by Anonymousx (not verified) on

He is the Sarah Palin of Iran. Mahmood the Plumber, the future journalist :)))


You forgot to add that he

by Anonymous76 (not verified) on

You forgot to add that he tried to “reislamize” the universities by purging non-Islamic elements. This cost dozens, if not hundreds of jobs for eminent professors.

Unfortunately, a lot of Iranians, mostly from small provincial towns, are still seduced by his style and his speeches. They think he looks like them and understands them.

And the state-controlled media and brainwashing will probably help him keep their support, on top of the state and Sepah-sponsored rigging of elections!


Either Khatami or Ghalibaf

by Anonymousx (not verified) on

Either one would be much better than this monkey.