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ائتلاف آبادگران ایران اسلامی
Alliance of builders of Islamic Iran
Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Founded 2003
Headquarters Tehran, Iran
Ideology Islamism
Conservatism
Populism
Neofundementalism[3][4]
International affiliation None
Website
http://www.abadgaran.ir/

The Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran (Persian: ائتلاف آبادگران ایران اسلامی; E'telāf-e Ābādgarān-e Īrān-e Eslāmī), usually shortened to Abadgaran (آبادگران), is an alliance of some conservative Iranian political parties and organizations. The alliance, mostly active in Tehran, won almost all of Tehran's seats in the Iranian Majlis election of 2004 and the Iranian City and Village Councils elections, 2003. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former mayor of Tehran (who is chosen by Tehran's City Council) and now President of Iran, is considered one of the main figures in the alliance.

According to the Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism, the Abadgaran "seems to have been formed in 2003 and is made up broadly of figures under the age of fifty, who are non-clerics".[1] Political historian Ervand Abrahamian credits the victory of Abadgaran and other conservatives in the 2003, 2004, and 2005 elections to the conservatives' retention of their core base of 25% of the voting population; their recruiting of war veteran candidates; their wooing of independents using the issue of national security; and most of all "because large numbers of women, college students, and other members of the salaried middle class" who make up the reformists' base of support "stayed home". Turnout in the 2004 Majlis election fell below 51%, for example.[2] The party subscribes to Iranian neoconservativism, also known as neo-fundamentalism.[3][4]

References

  1. ^ Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism, Roy, Olivier and Antoine Sfeir editors, Columbia University Press, 2007, p. 147
  2. ^ Abrahamian, History of Modern Iran, (2008), p. 192
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]

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