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Sunday, February 03, 2013

Like pulling wings off of flies

The presidential election in Iran isn't until next summer, but the Larijani brothers seem intent on crippling Ahmadinejad long before that.

Iran’s parliament sacks another Ahmadinejad minister
Iran’s parliament Sunday voted to impeach the country’s labor minister, the ninth minister from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s cabinet to be sacked during the president’s second term in office.

Sunday’s proceedings represent a dramatic escalation in the long-standing power struggle between Ahmadinejad and the speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani.

In Sunday’s vote, 192 of Iran’s 272 parliament members voted in favor of the impeachment of Labor Minister Abdul-Reza Sheikholeslami, accusing him of assigning Iran’s former general prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, to be the head of the country’s social security fund, which the articles of impeachment said was “against the expediency of the country, unlawful and against the interests of 33 million workers under this fund.”…

The impeachment of Sheikholeslami puts the Ahmadinejad government dangerously close to forcing a new vote of approval for the entire cabinet, which would almost certainly result in the removal of Ahmadinejad’s preferred ministers. Iran’s constitution states that if a majority of a president’s ministers are removed during a single term, the parliament must vote to re-approve the president’s cabinet choices.

Larijani brothers
The Larijani brothers head two of Iran’s three branches of government, the parliament and the judiciary, positions they have used to attempt to foil populist Ahmadinejad. There is wide speculation that the best known of the five brothers, parliament speaker Ali, will make a second bid for the presidency when Ahmadinejad completes his final term in June…

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At 3:05 PM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

High-Level Feud Bares Tensions in Iran


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad escalated a bitter political fight this week with Iran’s most influential political family by disclosing secret film recordings of what he purported were fraudulent business deals...


The public naming, rare in Iran, could signal a new phase in an already intense scrum between Mr. Ahmadinejad, who represents a powerful group of young, ambitious politicians, and Mr. Larijani, who is the official representative of the holy city of Qum, the center of Shiite scholarship in Iran...


On Monday, Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency, a mouthpiece for Mr. Ahmadinejad, deepened the split by publishing the audio tape on its Web site...


On Monday, several officials criticized Mr. Ahmadinejad and Ali Larijani, accusing them of lacking self-control and bringing shame on the country. “They broke the leader’s heart and gave the friends of the Islamic republic almost a seizure,” said Mojtaba Zolnour, a special consultant to the supreme leader...

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Ahmadinejad’s Ally Arrested as Fight With Political Family Grows


Iranian judicial authorities arrested a protégé of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday, the latest round in an escalating power struggle between Iran’s elected leader and the country’s most influential political family.


The Tehran prosecutor’s Web site announced the arrest of Saeed Mortazavi late Monday night, although it gave no official reason for the action.


The move follows the disclosure of a secret film by President Ahmadinejad on Monday in parliament, in which Mr. Mortazavi could be seen purportedly discussing a fraudulent business deal proposed by Fazel Larijani, 49, the youngest of the five brothers of the politically influential Larijani family.

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Protest Forces Iran Assembly Speaker to Cut Short Speech

"Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani had to cut short a public speech on Sunday after people threw shoes and prayer tablets at him, semi-official media reported, disclosing an unusual act of aggression against a senior official…

"Shortly after starting his speech, a group of people began chanting slogans against him…

"Larijani spoke for two to three minutes more, but then a crowd of about 100 Ahmadinejad supporters began throwing shoes and matchbox-sized clay tablets, used in prayer by some Shi'ites, towards him.
"Throwing shoes is a serious insult in Muslim countries…

"[S]ome people at the ceremony tried to defend Larijani from the objects, but the crowd began moving in the direction of the speaker and he was forced to leave…"

 

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