Ahmadinejad seems headed for landslide

Analysts believe Iranian president's followers will turn out to vote in great numbers come election day.

May 31, 2009 21:51
1 minute read.
Ahmadinejad seems headed for landslide

ahmadinejad keffiyah 248 88 ap. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

As a self-proclaimed man of the people and incorruptible politician with the interest of the poor at heart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems to be heading for a landslide victory in Iran's June 12 presidential elections. His followers outside of Teheran, among the overtly religious residents of Qom and every other city in the country, will turn out to vote in great numbers come election day, analysts believe. Ahmadinejad's populist promises not to yield before the foreign bullying powers and to focus all of his energy on defending the interests of the nation go down well in the Iranian provinces, even if his stance can sound somewhat dictatorial to some. "I am proud of being a dictator in the sense they interpret," he remarked in a recent speech. The working class and poor widely view him as a national hero, for it was their beloved president that helped them rebuild schools and initiate many other civil projects in their otherwise forgotten towns. In Qom, his supporters have pasted his pictures on every rundown shop. Young men have plastered his face on the side of their cars. Young and old, they say they take pride in Ahmadinejad's role as an international pariah. "He is what we need at this every moment. In truth, Ahmadinejad has brought out the best in Iran and has made us a strong nation that is feared by both Israel and America," remarked an elderly taxi driver when asked why he would be voting for Ahmadinejad. "Israel will never attack us. They are too afraid, because we are a nuclear country." Conservatives, radicals and everyday citizens alike, indeed, seem to believe that Iran is militarily capable of defending itself against an attack from Israel. Iran's self-confidence is reflected, too, in the contacts over recent days between Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki and a visiting Iraqi parliamentary delegation, which reflected Iran's broadening relationship with Iraq. "We have numerous potential [area]s for deepening ties," Mottaki declared on Thursday, specifying the energy sector as just one of the many suitable fields of cooperation. Reciprocating, the Iraqi delegation head, Zahra Hashemi, called for the removal of all obstacles to expanded ties, and her delegation indicated that Iraq had much to learn from Iran's experience in agriculture, energy, cultural heritage, tourism, sports and information dissemination.

Related Content

Bushehr nuclear Iranian
August 5, 2014
Iran and the bomb: The future of negotiations