No doubt the municipalities of major cities, metropolises, and capitals are highly important in each country’s political equations. Everyone is aware of the status of the municipalities of Paris, London, Moscow, etc. in the major policies of their countries. Tehran, one of the world’s most populated cities, is no exception from this trend.
What is currently going on in the Tehran City Council and where things are going to lead as the council is going to designate the new mayor is now an important concern for political analysts and observers.
Both the presidency of the City Council and the mayorship of Tehran are two key positions that both Reformists and Principalists aspire to. These two positions have found special importance in the wake of the political rivalries that came after the presidential election.
So far it has been so that the mayor has had the most important role in presidential elections. Qolamhossein Karbaschi played a great role as the Mayor of Tehran for Khatami to rise to presidency, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went to the presidential office from Tehran Municipality, and Mohammadbaqer Qalibaf, incumbent mayor of Tehran, was a big competitor in recent presidential elections.
The two political parties are applying their utmost capacity to gain the positions. Heavy lobbies are going on and sessions are held one after another. One opinion goes that Mehdi Chamran and Mohammadbaqer Qalibaf still have the chance to stay where they are. Another predicts that Sorouri, a Principalist, will become the new Chairman of the City Council.
Political equations among the City Council members have went through new arrangements.
A crucial meeting is going to be held by the members on Sunday to discuss both the new mayor and the new chairman of council. The two can on the one hand play a big part in the next presidential elections, and on the other, in adjusting the public satisfaction with the state of affairs.