BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran hardliner hails poll victory: “Iran’s new hardline President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has said his surprise poll win is a blow to the country’s enemies.

His comments appear to be directed at the US, which had criticised the presidential election as flawed.

In his first public statement since his victory, Mr Ahmadinejad said he wanted to ‘build up an exemplary, developed and powerful Islamic society’.

The mayor of Tehran won 62% of the vote, nearly twice that of his rival, ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Some 22 million people voted in Friday’s run-off poll – a turnout of 60%, down from 63% in the first round a week ago.

The BBC’s Frances Harrison in Tehran says conservatives are now in control of every elected and unelected institution of government in Iran.” More…

With the “election” candidates stacked and filled with Islamic Fundamentalists, the so called Iranian “election” begins to set the stage for what is certain to be a show down between the US and Iran. Left unchecked, is there any doubt that this new government will be developing nuclear weapons?? We suspect that the Israeli government will watch closely to see if the EU backs off it’s recent pressure on Iran to disclose it’s nuclear ambitions. Watch for unilateral actions from Israel if that happens, sparking a potential major outbreak of war in the Middle East with ramifications around the globe. No we are not clarivoyant, just weighing probabilites given the politcal makeup at the present time.