The Iranian Parliament voted Sunday, to shorten Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Presidential term by 18 months. The Iranian President’s term was set to end August 2009, but may actually end in February 2008, because of today’s vote. The bill, passed by a majority of the Iranian Parliament, must still pass the Iranian constitutional committee, which is headed by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the man considered Ahmadinejad’s rival, and who lost the presidential race to Ahmadinejad, in 2005. The bill is expected to be authorized.

In previous months, tension has been mounting between Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader of Iran. Rafsanjani is one of the most powerful politicians in Iran, and just so happens to be running for a position in the “Assembly of Experts”, an 86 member body of ayatollahs who monitor and can dismiss the Iran’s Supreme Leader.

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