Leaders of Iran

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The "new right" Abadgaran and Ahmadinejad the street sweeper

SOUTHWEST ASIA Iranian News: "The third group is the "new right," called the Abadgaran. It's a broad coalition of younger, second-generation revolutionaries, who dominate the current Parliament. Though classified as conservatives because of their allegiance to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, they espouse populist economic policies centered on social justice and the common good. They tend to view entrepreneurs as "greedy," and are suspicious of international trade. One of the Abadgaran's leaders is Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who occasionally dons the outfit of city street-cleaners and helps them sweep the capital."


  • This is a silly claim against Abadgaran: "They tend to view entrepreneurs as "greedy," and are suspicious of international trade."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:33 PM  

  • Hello,
    The link to the source was wrong it is from a MSNBC story By Richard Ernsberger Jr. and Emily Flynn.
    I am just keeping track of what the press is saying. I use this site to collect data and as I draw conclusions I post them at:
    I by nature am a Pragmatist. I think the best hope for peace in the Middle East and Southwest Asia rests with a Rafsanjani Presidency. However I admire much of what the Abadgaran is trying to do. As a tip if I like something it goes on my Iran Leaders Blog and if I tend to see it as a negative light it goes on one of my other sites. I used to have one called Iranian Opposition but I changed it to Iranian Reformists so as not to insult people. After all not all reformists are opposed to the spirit of the Revolution. Just as not all Conservatives support the spirit of the Revolution even if most do.

    I will be in Iran next month so I look forward to getting a closer look at the politics.
    Best wishes,
    Barry O'Connell

    By Blogger JBOC, at 9:16 PM  

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