Supporters of Iran’s new president eventually defied their supreme leader’s warnings not to celebrate in the streets when they heard their champion had won by a landslide. The hardline conservative former mayor of Tehran is the first non-clerical leader in the Islamic republic’s history, but he has spoken of making Iran an “exemplary, advanced and powerful Islamic nation”, a statement mirroring opinions regularly expressed by the clergy.
One man said the people of the country, the young people, need someone revolutionary like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He thinks he will succeed, help cut back bureaucracy, and get rid of some of the problems people have. However, a woman said she did not want Iran to return to the period at the start of the 1979 revolution. She does not want to see the attitude take hold that Iran can produce everything it needs and that it can do without imports. In her opinion a generation has gone to waste, and Iran needs progress. Ahmedinejad belongs to the revolutionary generation that has begun taking office in the last two years. He has said that Iran did not have an Islamic revolution in order to then have democracy. It remains to be seen exactly what kind of a system takes shape under his presidency.