The BBC reports on the results of the Iranian elections. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Islamic hard-liner has won the Presidential elections amidst the usual allegations of ballot-rigging. There was also an extremely low turnout, which seems odd given the pre-election hype about dissatisfaction with the mullahs by the new urbanised Iranian middle-classes that I read about recently. An ex-military man, he will undoubtedly be bullish re. the Iranian nuclear program and the new Iraqi government. And I suppose we won't be getting our boats back either I'm sure some of the foreign policy/ middle east spotters on the forum will be able to add something interesting to what this means for the region, but to this layman it doesn't look like particularly encouraging news does it? V!