In final results announced Thursday from local elections last week, moderate conservatives opposed to Ahmadinejad won a majority of seats. They were followed by reformists, making a comeback after being driven out of local councils, parliament and the presidency over the past five years.
In the capital Tehran, where Ahmadinejad was mayor before becoming president 16 months ago, his allies grabbed only three of the 15 council seats, while moderate conservatives won seven.
But Ahmadinejad appeared unbowed.
Iranian president Ahmadinejad called Bush "the most hated person in the world." I won't argue with that, but... coming in a close 2nd place is nothing to boast about.
Keep a watchful eye on the Persian Gulf. The Shrublet and his Brit poodle are up to something. Never a dull moment over there.