Friday’s elections in Iran, billed by many as the first electoral test for the new hard line president, are looking like a "major defeat" for Ahmadinejad, who has isolated his country with anti-western rhetoric (like his statement that Israel should be "wiped off the map").

"Initial results of elections throughout the country indicate a decisive defeat nationwide," said the pro-reform Islamic Iran Participation Front, "tantamount to a big ‘no’ to the government’s authoritarian and inefficient methods." (Guardian)

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