Khamenei will have a large majority in Iran's parliament, reducing the already slim possibility of challenges to his authority. He also will continue to be the driving force behind Iran’s negotiating strategy concerning its nuclear program. In contrast, Ahmadinejad appears to be saddled with the blame for Iran’s growing economic woes, a situation in part attributable to Ahmadinejad’s overly confrontational style, to international sanctions triggered by the nuclear controversy, and a sense among Iran’s large under-30 population that the nation is becoming increasingly isolated from the global community.
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