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Ayatollah Khamenei has jousted repeatedly with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — as well as the two previous presidents — so the supreme leader secured this majority at Mr. Ahmadinejad’s expense.
The ayatollah will seek “to eliminate the post of president,” said Aliakbar Mousavi Khoeini, a former reformist member of the Parliament now living in exile in the United States.
Ayatollah Khamenei is not expected to try to eliminate the presidency until Mr. Ahmadinejad’s second term expires in June 2013.
“Ahmadinejad is an unpredictable maverick, so it’s not in Khamenei’s interests to make him feel totally humiliated,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst and often sharp government critic at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He has evidently tired of the constant tug-of-war, as well as the messy unpredictability of presidential races that automatically created a competitor and spawned the protest movement that threatened the Islamic Revolution.
“We could not have had any other result because Khamenei is going to run the country himself,” said Nooshabeh Amiri, a founder of Rooz Online, a news site.
Mr. Haddad Adel is expected to be elected Parliament speaker again. The current speaker, Ali Larijani, is a Khamenei ally, but he has differed with the supreme leader publicly and is not considered loyal enough, analysts said. Mr. Haddad Adel has been speaker before and claims a family advantage. He is the father-in-law to Ayatollah Khamenei’s son, Mojtaba, who ran the Parliament election campaign for his father’s allies and is considered Ayatollah Khamenei’s enforcer.
The next year, with Mr. Haddad Adel as the helm, Parliament is expected to eliminate the post of president and elect its speaker as prime minister. “You cannot have so many kings in one country.” Mrs. Amiri said.