While Iran's insistence on its right to enrich uranium unites all major factions in the country, Larijani represents a more pragmatic approach to handling the issue, aimed at finding agreement with the West and avoiding confrontation.
makes two things clear: President Ahmadinejad's hold on power is slipping badly, and next year's Iranian presidential election race is now wide open
Prominent politicians and clerical figures have begun distancing themselves from Ahmadinejad and rallying around Larijani
Ahmadinejad has alienated many in his own conservative camp with an arrogant personal style and erratic economic and foreign policies
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Ahmadinejad's hold on power "slipping badly"
More pragmatic speaker elected; likely to look for agreement with the West: