I have already mentioned that Ahmahnutjob went on an 11 day boycott recently before he returned to work. The subject of the crisis is the intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi, who was fired by Ahmahnutjob and rehired by the Grand Pooh-bah. This is very much a real power struggle. The man in question was not at the first cabinet meeting attended by Ahmahnutjob but appeared at the second cabinet meeting. Ahmahnutjob told him to leave, and now the Grand Pooh-bah has the poos with Ahmanutjob. (Yes I am deliberately not using their proper names because I am using ridicule towards both men).
The Guardian reports the following on the situation:
An unprecedented power struggle at the heart of the Iranian regime has intensified after it emerged that the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, had given an ultimatum to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to accept his intervention in a cabinet appointment or resign.
A member of the Iranian parliament, Morteza Agha-Tehrani – who is described as “Ahmadinejad’s moral adviser” – told a gathering of his supporters on Friday that a meeting between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei had recently taken place, in which the president was given a deadline to resign or to accept the decision of the ayatollah.
The extraordinary confrontation came to light after Ahmadinejad declined to officially support Khamenei’s reinstatement of a minister whom the president had initially asked to resign.
The rift between the two men grew when the president staged an 11-day walkout in an apparent protest at Khamenei’s decision. In the first cabinet meeting since ending his protest, the intelligence minister at the centre of the row, Heydar Moslehi, was absent and in the second one on Wednesday, he was reportedly asked by Ahmadinejad to leave.
In a video released on Iranian websites, Agha-Tehrani quotes Ahmadinejad as saying: “[Khamenei] gave me a deadline to make up my mind. I would either accept [the reinstatement] or resign.”
Although Khamenei is not constitutionally allowed to intervene in cabinet appointments, an unwritten law requires all officials to always abide by the supreme leader without showing any opposition.
(I think it important to note that Khamenei seems to liken himself to God, and calls himself “God’s representative on earth”, actually I think not, since only the Pope in Rome is God’s representative and Khamenei (the Grand Pooh-bah) is nothing more than an usurper. As a Catholic, I recognize the Pope as the successor of St. Peter who was appointed by Jesus Christ to be his representative until His return. No Muslim was ever given this particular appointment as the visier for Christ. However, I should add here, that I recognize that the Pope is a man, and that he acts only in a man’s capacity, but that is not the case with regard to how these mullahs see the role of the Grand Pooh-bah.)
Clerics close to Khamenei have launched a campaign to highlight his role in Iranian politics, saying that to disobey him is equal to apostasy, as he is “God’s representative on earth”.
Meanwhile, the president was reportedly absent from religious ceremonies this week at Khamenei’s house, where he was publicly criticised by close allies of the ayatollah. Iranian officials are traditionally required to participate in such ceremonies in order to cover up any political rift that might compromise Khamenei’s power.
Iran‘s semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Thursday that several members of parliament had revived a bid to summon Ahmadinejad for questioning over “the recent events”. It said 90 MPs had signed the petition, up from only 12 last week.
Under Iranian law, at least 85 more signatures are required for a possible impeachment of the president.
The accusation that is being made against Ahmahnutjob is a bit of a hoot, especially when it show the Muslim belief in such things as djinns. It shows an immaturity that they would make this accusation in these circumstances. Ahmahnutjob is definitely weird, even crazy, but “using supernatural powers” as an accusation really sounds crazier.
Supporters of Khamenei say that Ahmadinejad is surrounded by “deviants” in his inner circle, including his controversial chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, who wants to undermine the involvement of clerics in Iran’s politics. Mashaei and his allies have recently been accused of using supernatural powers and invoking djinns (spirits) in pursuing the government’s policies.
On Thursday, the commander of the powerful revolutionary guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying: “People [close to Khamenei] are not relying on djinns, fairies and demons … and they will not stand any deviation [of the government in this regime].”
Have another look at what is being said, and you will see the truth behind the struggle. It looks like Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei is attempting to limit the power of the mullahs. This is what has got them up in arms, and it is why they are making such an unrealistic and immature accusation. They are afraid of losing their powerbase. This is the same with the usurper Khamenei. In case you do not know the story, Khamenei had the real successor to Ayatollah Khomenei murdered and thrust himself into the role of successor. During the unrest in 2009 the people made it clear that they rejected Khamenei and his role as the Grand Ayahtollah.
It will be interesting to see the next twists and turns because this looks like a real power struggle between the religious and the secular. Since it was Khamenei who helped with the cheating in regard to those Presiedential elections, ensuring that Ahmahnutjob remained as President when the real winner was Mousavi, it really makes this power struggle very intriguing.