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Iranian President's Allies Defeated In Local Elections In Tehran

December 21, 2006 -- Final results of the elections for the crucial Tehran city council show that the allies of Iran's hard-line president Mahmud Ahmadinejad have suffered a defeat at the hands of moderate conservatives and reformists, Radio Farda reported.
The allies of Tehran's moderate conservative mayor, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, have gained seven seats and reformist have four in the 15-member city council.
According to the results by Iran's Interior Ministry, Ahmadinejad's allies have gained three seats and one seat has been won by an independent candidate.
The results of the elections for the Assembly Of Experts that oversees the work of the Supreme Leader were also seen as a setback for Ahmadinejad.
The final results released earlier this week showed that Former President Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani -- a moderate conservative -- garnered more than 1.5 million votes -- the most of any candidate.
Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor, Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, was in sixth place with close to 900,000 votes. However he has enough votes to retain a seat in the 86 member powerful clerical body.

Returns from a total of 1,656,558 ballots canvassed from 3,185 ballot boxes all over the city show the following candidates with the highest number of votes for Tehran City Council:

1- Mehdi Chamran: 603,766
2- Morteza Talaie: 539,761
3- Rasoul Khadem: 427,097
4- Abbas Sheibani: 394,457
5- Hadi Sa'ie: 384,358
6- Hamzeh Shakib: 330,233
7- Alireza Dabir: 306,729
8- Parvin Ahmadinejad: 242,501
9- Masoumeh Ebtekar: 232,959
10- Ahmad Masjed-Jame'i: 216,015
11- Mohammad-Ali Najafi: 202,700
12- Masoumeh Abad: 201,754
13- Hassan Bayadi: 200,397
14- Khosro Daneshjou: 200,175
15- Habib Kashani: 197,284
16- Abdolmoqim Nasehi: 195,839
17- Hassan Ziari: 188,226
18- Mahmoud Khosravi-Vafa: 173,321
19- Amir-Ali Amiri: 160,934
20- Bahman Adibzadeh: 158,626
21- Mohsen Vafa Mehr: 154,877

(with material from AP,


Copyright (c) 2006 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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