The 21st Century Phenomenon




 In the election Held in Iran on Friday 03/14/2008, Hard-line allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 158 out of 290 parliamentary seats in the ‘Maghlis’ the Iranian Parliament.

The result reflect only the political balance within the Islamic parties since more liberal candidates were not approved to run in the election from the first place. Not as in the previous Iranian elections, there was a general apathy to the election ant its outcome.

Many so- called ‘Hard-liners’, are very stiff in promoting an Islamic society in Iran and implementing Shariaa law but, at the same time, also very concern from the downfall of the Iranian economy and society. They are deeply disturbed from  the unemployment rate – officially over 20%, from the poverty, from the large consumption of drugs – over 40% of the population and the expansion of prostitution.

In the main aspect which concerns the world – Iranian progress toward nuclear weapon – they are in opposition to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For many ‘Hard-liners’ the Iranian society comes first.

To summarize the Election – Iran is more Islamic and much less democratic but the life of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Parliament, when it comes to economy, foreign policy and nuclear development, will not be any easier but more complicated.


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