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March 4, 2012 1:02 pm

Iran’s “Supreme Leader” Gains Influence in Parliament

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right) with Russian PM Vladimir Putin (left). Photo: wiki commons.

CS Monitor – Clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has tightened his grip on Iran’s faction-ridden politics after loyalists won over 75 percent of seats in parliamentary elections at the expense of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a near-complete count showed.

The widespread defeat of Ahmadinejad supporters – including his sister, Parvin Ahmadinejad – is expected to reduce the president to a lame duck after he sowed divisions by challenging the utmost authority of Khamenei in the governing hierarchy.

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