Cracks in Iran's Leadership
By Micah Halpern
Sunday May 29, 2011
I've Been Thinking:
President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been grabbing even more power. And the Grand Ayatollah, also known as the Supreme Leader, is not happy.
The Supreme Leader has been sending Ahmadinejad both private and public messages expressing his displeasure. And Ahmadinejad has continued to ignore the Grand Ayatollah firing ministers and taking over their portfolios.
Most recently Ahmadinejad fired the oil minister and took over his responsibilities.
Why is this critical? It shows a blatant disrespect for the Supreme Leader. Last month there was a face off when Ahmadinejad fired the powerful minister of intelligence. When the Supreme Leader reappointed him immediately Ahmadinejad chose to boycott his own cabinet meetings. That situation was resolved only when Ahmadinejad capitulated.
These internal tensions show the cracks in the Iranian system. They prove that the Supreme Leader and Ahmadinejad hold very different views on issues of power, control and world affairs.
The Supreme Leader is showing a lack of faith in Ahmadinejad. In Iran, the final word on all issues, including politics, belongs to the Grand Ayatollah.
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