The political battle underway in Iran is pitting elite forces against one another, with a new powerful alliance emerging between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and military hardliners in the Revolutionary Guard and related militias.
Analyst Pepe Escobar says Ahmadinejad’s group prevailed in the presidential election in part with genuine populist support among the urban and rural poor but also by having the Interior Ministry exaggerate the numbers, with the backing of police units that cracked down on anti-Ahmadinejad demonstrators.
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Escobar suggests that there was, in effect, “a military coup” that stopped the "green revolution" of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi's young supporters and is now allowing hardliners to consolidate their control.
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