Iran, June 14: The good news is that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not be back; Iran’s two-term limit will keep the inflammatory leader out of this presidential election. And his party, the hard-line Principlist bloc, has been hurt by his very public and humiliating feud with Iran’s other political force, the unelected Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This could theoretically create an opening for reformists who seek peace with the West – but remember, Mr. Ahmadinejad owes his current presidency to the Supreme Leader’s decision to declare him a winner in the fractious 2008 election and order top reformists placed under house arrest.
Could an even more conservative leader, loyal to Ayatollah Khamenei, be shunted into power? Yes, but public outrage is growing, and this might be the moment when ordinary Iranians lose all patience with their bumbling, economy-wrecking leaders and begin to take matters into their own hands.