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."