Bush a déjà déclaré que les iraniens méritaient mieux qu'Ahmadinejad. Pour une fois, Bush a eu raison !

Ça débuté le mois passé avec l'élection pour l'Assemblé des Experts:

Washington Post
Results in Iranian Vote Seen as Setback for Ahmadinejad

Allies of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad failed to dominate elections for a powerful Iranian clerical body and local councils, according to early results Sunday, in what analysts said was a setback to the hard-line leader's standing.

Friday's elections for the clerical Assembly of Experts and for local councils, the first nationwide vote since Ahmadinejad took office in 2005, will not directly impact policy.

But turnout of about 60 percent and Ahmadinejad's close identification with some candidates, particularly in Tehran, suggested a voter shift toward more moderate policies and away from the president's often-confrontational positions.

Enchaîné avec Rafsanjani qui a décidé de faire alliance avec les réformistes:

Prominent Conservatives Support Reform

In a most contradictory fashion, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hard-line government has unexpectedly revived the support for reforms in Iran, both domestically and internationally.

Inside the country's political arena the extravagant self-reliance of Ahmadinejad's extremist approach toward cultural and political issues, followed by widespread international condemnation, has resulted in a dramatic retreat by many prominent political figures in the Islamic Republic from their previous conservative positions to more flexible ones.

It is a change in stance that many regard as a schism in the conservative core of power, giving rise to the formation of a totally new group of reformist-leaning conservatives. The split was most significantly demonstrated by Ahmadinejad's recent failure to get his allies elected to the City Council. […]

Rafsanjani is considered as one of the most influential architects of the Islamic Republic's political system, and is a long-time ally of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. […]

Now, after almost a decade out of office, Rafsanjani — who lost the 2005 presidential election to Ahmadinejad — has repeatedly voiced his concerns over the government's "mishandling" of essential policies such as the nuclear case, as well as its "inappropriate" approach toward cultural and social issues. It is a political stance that favors the reformists' agenda, which ironically had once been initiated against his own policies as president.

Sans oublier la grogne étudiante suite aux purges dans les universités:

'Mass purges' at Iran universities

Iranian students say there is a second cultural revolution under way in the universities with scores of professors forcibly retired and politically active students being threatened with expulsion.

Student anger exploded with an unprecedented show of defiance when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went to Tehran's Amir Kabir University on 12 December.

Pictures shot on a mobile phone showed angry students chanting against the president, accusing him of being a fascist and a puppet of the hardliners. […]

When Mr Ahmadinejad came to power the universities were quiet.

But by trying to stop students getting involved in politics, the new government has antagonised them. […]

"Freedom of speech is being restricted more than before in Iran," says Iran's Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi.

Cerise sur le sunday, les réformistes au gouvernement ont dénoncé le programme nucléaire d'Ahmadinejad:

Iran reformists slam government's nuclear policy

Reformist former President Mohammad Khatami suspended Iran's nuclear work for more than two years in an effort to build confidence and avoid confrontation with the West, but Ahmadinejad's government resumed uranium enrichment in February last year.

"The only way to pass the crisis is to build confidence…but a holding Holocaust conference and financing the Hamas government creates mistrust and tension," Noureddin Pirmoazzen, the spokesman of parliament's reformist faction, told Reuters. […]

"We hope to witness a return to the manner of Khatami's government and see the crisis is solved in the next 60 days, or else we will have no alternative but to impeach Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki," Pirmoazzen said.

Bref, juste des bonnes nouvelles !