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Ahmadinejad riles powerful allies via BBC NEWS

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 28, 2009

Ahmadinejad is causing a ruckus, riling the feathers of his patrons. Watch it Nejad, push any further and you might be walking the plank.

Just over a month after the election, Mr Ahmadinejad provoked fury amongst his fellow conservatives by promoting one of his vice-presidents, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, to the post of first vice-president.

The job would make him the president’s second in command, the man who would take over if Mr Ahmadinejad was run over by a Tehran bus.

As Mr Ahmadinejad must have known it would, the appointment infuriated conservatives.

Mr Mashaie had already angered the establishment by suggesting that Iran was friends with the Israeli people, even though he shared the Islamic Republic’s hatred of the state of Israel.

For days Mr Ahmadinejad rode the storm, ignoring behind-the-scenes hints that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was not happy with the appointment.

Then, finally, a letter from Mr Khamenei was broadcast on state TV, calling for Mr Mashaie to go….

…Another conservative paper, Khabar, published the headline: “Dismissal – the consequence of objecting to Ahmadinejad”.

MP Ali Motahari called on Mr Ahmadinejad to “control his nerves” and accused him of intentionally bringing tension to the country.

But Mr Ahmadinejad seems determined to provoke even those who should be his allies.

He immediately appointed Mr Mashaie as his chief of staff and one of his closest aides.

There is also a new job also for Ali Kordan, the former interior minister who was impeached by parliament after falsely claiming to possess a doctorate from an institution he quaintly called the “London Oxford University”.

The president has made him an inspector responsible for ministries and the government.

Mr Ahmadinejad’s behaviour may seem counter-productive, but it is completely in character.

When in a corner he likes to come out fighting. Compromise is not a word in his vocabulary.

via BBC NEWS | Middle East | Ahmadinejad riles powerful allies.


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