Testing times for Iran’s Ahmadinejad?

Hello from Newshour. Iran is holding parliamentary elections next week, and on Saturday 8th March at 1230 GMT we’re going to be taking a look at what this means for the country’s populist president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

It’s a sensitive moment for Iran with the UN Security Council imposing a third round of sanctions for its failure to suspend nuclear activities and that won’t help an already troubled economy. We’d especially like to hear from you if you’re in Iran. You can email us or post a comment here.

At the same time, some of the heat has been taken out of US-Iranian relations by a recent US report that Iran gave up its nuclear weapons in 2003. Ironically, that’s meant that President Ahmadinejad is finding he has to answer on his economic record.

Despite its oil revenues, Iran can’t modernise and generate manufacturing jobs because of the sanctions. The country has 19% inflation, and an unemployment problem that is affecting both the poor and the middle classes.

And politically there seems to have been a crackdown on dissent. There is little open debate between conservatives and reformers and many reformers have been disqualified from standing in these elections.

If you have a comment to make about the elections or a question you’d like to put to our panel, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

10 Responses to “Testing times for Iran’s Ahmadinejad?”

  1. March 6, 2008 at 21:34

    I have many friends in Iran,many time during telephonic conversation i put some question before then in regarding to iranian nuclear arms programm but they all denied and described it as baseless allegation.

    According to them,America want to impose war on their country.They says Iran is facing aenergy crisis so to deal with such painfull problem it is essential for us to make alternative arragements if we don’t we see a horrible ecnomice crisis ahead which may destroy our whole economy.

    they further says,we can depend on internal production,no doubt its level may fall then we will constrained to rise our oil price.

    As for as manufacturing of nuclear weapons,they described it a baseless propoganda campaign.

    According them,Bush administration has desire to set on fire remaining peace in the region and attacke on Iran and control all oil wealth.

    They further said, there is strong unity in the iranian nation,this nation is strongly united so any kind of foriegn forces have no option to suceed.

    In case, Bhush government tried to invade it history will never forgive and recall him as senseless American president.

  2. March 7, 2008 at 08:26

    Under the leader ship of Ahmadinejad,Iranian people are united and hope they will go through the recent ecnomic crisis created by new set of sactions against Iran by the United Nation Security Council

  3. 3 Brett
    March 7, 2008 at 13:44

    Ahmadinejad needs to step aside and let someone run Iran somewhere other than into the ground.

    Brett ~ Richmond, Va.

  4. 4 Jola
    March 7, 2008 at 21:21

    all looks familiar. Under communist regime society was brainwashed by tight state propaganda and did not know any different. How come Iran with all those billions upon billions from oil can’t make ends meet and people are deprived and quite poor. How come they need nuclear power so badly having all this oil!!! Poland has no oil and no nuclear power. We pay for russian and middle-eastern oil through the nose now, but economy is strong as it is FREE now. I wish Iranians chose friendlier and more relaxed leader. I am sure their country would thrive and best and cleverest young people would not have to emigrate to hated west to make decent living

  5. 5 George USA
    March 7, 2008 at 23:27

    Ahmadinejad has to go.

    Ahmadinejad has made such irrational claims that defy reality,

    e.g.the holocaust denial seminar,

    that he is considered in the USA to be deranged.

    Mentally ill leaders of any nation in a conflict situation, including the USA, block serious diplomacy.

    The perception that a nation’s leader is mentally ill also blocks resolution to conflicts.

    Ahmadinejad has reached the point where he himself has voided his usefulness on the world stage.

  6. 6 steve
    March 8, 2008 at 18:59

    More far left madness in the USA (sorry about being off topic, but this is the top of the blog)


  7. 7 Ali from Tehran
    March 8, 2008 at 19:29

    I didn’t want to vote for upcoming election because of some obvious reasons like bad police behavior and higher inflation rate and recetn mass disqualification. I’m sure many others didn’t want to do either. But these unjust and irrational actions made by UNSC, just motivate Iranians to suffer these situations untill everything is settled. I’m not sure what to do.
    I don’t know how we can tell to western governments this “We have some problems and we want to solve but we don’t want you to do it! ”
    Ahmadenajd thinks that he is always right and those who criticise him are traitors! I no longer support Ahmadenejad for the many mistakes he did but we shouldn’t forget that he has done a lot of good things for poor cities/villages by enhauncing the infrastructure and public facilities in these villages/cites.

  8. 8 Syed Hasan Turab
    March 8, 2008 at 20:33

    UN third round of sanctions by an undemocratic counsil will support upcomming Iranian ballat power in favor of prevailing Iranian Democratic Govt.

  9. 9 Dennis Young, Jr.
    May 9, 2008 at 01:09


    should step down and allow another leader to run.

    Dennis–Madrid, United States of America

  10. 10 AFB
    July 9, 2008 at 14:37

    There is so much disinformation here.

    We rail about Iran, but what propaganda are the Iranian people getting? They live in a controlled information state and so their leadership can manipulate them. That is the same thing that happened in the US when Bush manipulated and lied to congress to invade Iraq and the American people were told there were WMDs and so they agreed to it. In Press and Congress anyone who questioned it was denounced as “against us”. So, how is this any different from what Ahmadinejad does with his rhetoric and missile tests in face of endless International Rhetoric against Iranian people.

    I agree with Laurie Kirby who was just read on BBC Newshour.

    Also, I want to get clarity of exactly what Ahmadinejad allegedly said. I read and watched video interviews on Youtube in which he said sic “Israel will no longer exist…” He didn’t say Iran would do it. He said it would result, which in fact, could mean that the whole world eventually stops supporting Israel with money and arms, and they will not be able to live without the external support on which they depend (and in fact always depended even in Roman times when a large population of prosperous Judeans living freely around the Empire had to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem several times a year to spend money and pay Temple taxes).

    The Press including the BBC is very loose about clarity on any of this discourse and so who really knows what was really said. BBC interviews people on the Streets of Tel Aviv, but not the people of Teheran. I am a little tired of this one sidedness in this discourse. I can’t believe I can know what is really going on with this media situation and lack the time and resources to get to the bottom of it on my own steam.

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