Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, August 09, 2013

Ahmadinejad on the Expediency Council? Is that an oxymoron?

The former president's new job seems to add another dimension to the conflicts in an institution meant to resolve differences. And it's good to remember that Rafsanjani seems to be some sort of mentor to the new president.

Ahmadinejad given post-presidency seat in top Iran council
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was given a post-presidency seat in the country’s top political arbitration body [the Expediency Council] on Monday…

The council is dominated by conservatives and acts as an advisory body for Khamenei, who has final say on all key policies, including nuclear talks and foreign policy.

But an avid critic of the outgoing president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, heads the council. Ex-president Rafsanjani had repeatedly criticized Ahmadinejad during his turbulent eight-year presidency for his controversial political and economic policies…

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